The Featherstone Roves played hosted Super League giants, Leeds Rhinos at the Big Fellas Stadium, with the Rhinos showing their class against the Rovers in a 24-0 victory,
Leeds put points on the board early with a try from Jack Ormondroyd within the opening 5 minutes.
It only took the Rhinos 6 minutes before new recruit and the replacement of James Segeyaro, Matt Parcell scored his first try on debut for the Rhinos. Luke Sutcliffe converting both goals making the score 12-0 early in the friendly.
The Rovers then went toe to toe with the Rhinos looking great in attack and strong in defence , but Liam Sutcliffe eventually broke the rovers line to put the Rhinos third try on the board with just minutes remaining in the first half. Sutcliffe converting his own try stretching the lead out to 18-0 going into halftime.
The Rhinos came out in the second half full of attacking plays and the home side defended their line superbly and were going blow for blow with the super league giants and it wasn’t until the final 2 minutes that Liam Sutcliffe crossed the line for his second try of the night and converting to make the final score 24-0.
The Rovers even though the were unable to score in the friendly and showed that they will be a tough defensive side in the Kingstone champions league in 2017. The Rovers can hold their heads high after their match with the Rhinos.
For Leeds it is another positive step in their final pre-season match and Head Coach Brian McDermott believes that the Rhinos are “on track” for a strong 2017 campaign.
ROVERS TRIES: None
RHINOS TRIES: Ormondroyd (4), Parcell (11), Sutcliffe (37), Keinhorst (78).
GOALS: Sutcliffe 4/4.
REFEREE: Chris Kendall
MAN OF THE MATCH: Ian Hardman