Now we can concentrate on the league

WE were in the game for nearly an hour at Featherstone, but then our interest in the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup for 2017 came to an end when the fifth-round tie ended with Rovers scoring four tries in the last quarter.

The 30-4 scoreline perhaps didn’t reflect the hard work the players produced in their third game in ten days, but nevertheless it means Scott and the boys can now concentrate on the Championship and, unlike last season, we will get a Sunday off while some of our rivals in the league are battling it out in the Cup.

We won the toss and chose to play up the slope, trailing 10-0 at half-time after conceding tries by Josh Hardcastle and Richard Moore.

At the other end Michael Ward and Ben Davies went close, but we couldn’t score.

With use of the slope to come we were not fazed at half-time and it went even better when, within a few minutes of the restart, Scott Turner scored in the corner to put some pressure on the home side.

Continuing to apply pressure we had another good chance which we failed to take and Rovers immediately countered to score a long-range try by Ian Hardman. Cory Aston’s goal gave them a 16-4 lead and from there Rovers went on to book their passage to round six.

Oldham: try, Turner

Rovers: tries, Hardcastle (2), Moore, Hardman, Lockwood, Davies; goals: Aston (3).

Rovers: Hardman; Taulapapa, Hardcastle, Ulugia, Turner; Wildie, Aston; Moore, Carlile, Cooper, Knowles, Davies, Lockwood. Subs: Day, Griffin, Bostock, Tagg.

Oldham: Lepori; Clay, Tyson, Grimshaw, Turner; Leatherbarrow, Hewitt; Neal, Hughes, Burke, Bent, Langtree, Thompson. Subs: Ward, Davies, Owen, Gee.

Referee: Tom Grant; Attendance: 1,408

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