MATCH REPORT: Featherstone Rovers 34 Sheffield Eagles 6

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SHEFFIELD Eagles couldn’t match the power of Championship leaders Featherstone as they went down to their second defeat in four days.

SHEFFIELD Eagles couldn’t match the power of Championship leaders Featherstone as they went down to their second defeat in four days.

The loss puts the Eagles hopes of holding on to a top-six spot and a place in the play-offs in danger.

The team battled hard but they could wrestle possession from an experience Rovers pack and struggled to get into Fev’s 20-metre zone.

The Eagles match Rovers for the first 20 minutes but after that it was one-way traffic as coach Mark Aston made a series of substitutions but with no success.

Prop Mitch Stringer was switched to loose-forward to cover for Joe Hirst who pulled a hamstring in Sunday’s defeat at Leigh. Teenager Connor Scott came into the subs a game live on Sky Sports.

Prop Alex Rowe went off during the game with a knee injury adding the Aston’s selection worries with two tough away games coming up.

Featherstone opened with a barrage of pressure which paid off when winger Bryn Powell went in at the corner after three minutes.

The Eagles were struggling to get out of their half but tough tackling was holding Rovers out.

Stringer was enjoying the freedom of his new role and put in a couple of breaks before producing an off-load for full back Misi Taulapapa to touch down near the posts. Brown’s goal kick put the Eagles ahead.

The lead lasted only minutes before Powel went in for his second try near the corner and stand-off Jon Hepworth turned from provider to try scorer after a ruling by the video referee.

Powell completed his hat-trick of tries – again in the corner – a minute before half-time. Liam Finn failed again with the conversion and Rovers led 16-6 at the break.

Rovers kept up the pressure from the restart with substitute hooker Kirk Netherton scoring a try from dummy half.

Handling errors saw the Eagles gifting possession to Rovers and the pressure produced a try for centre Ben Cockayne on his home debut. Stuart Dickens took over the kicking for Featherstone but couldn’t add the goal.

Eagles tried to come back with blasting runs by Menzie Yere and Alex Szostak with Tim Bergin coming close but couldn’t get a loose ball down.

Rovers were dominating possession and loose-forward Matt Dale claimed their seventh try but still no conversion.

With six minutes to go Finn produced a show-and-go to touch down under the posts and to a massive cheers added Rovers first goal of the night.

Eagles: Taulapapa; Mills, Crookes, Yere, Bergin; McDonald, Brown; Howieson, Henderson, Hepworth, Szostak, Green, Stringer. Subs: Rowe, finigan, Sam Scott, Connor Scott.

Tries: Taulapapa (18).