Rovers A' close season with gutsy defeat
A much depleted Rovers outfit were put to the sword by table toppers Selby Warriors in their final outing of a topsy turvy season. With just the one sub it was always going to be an uphill battle made harder by an injury in the opening set meaning Rovers were up against it from the off.
The opening quarter was fairly even with both sides looking for territory with 100% completion rates and the eventual score line would not have been predicted at this stage.
The young Rovers side battled hard though and defended the line with great enthusiasm, D Reville and Palmer leading the way, well supported by Pajor, Hill and Gallagher. An excellent completion rate for Rovers throughout the first half meant the home side were limited to the amount of possession they had with Rovers playing smart at times. It took the home side 18 minutes to break down the determined Rovers defence when a quickly taken penalty caught the visitors napping.
A 2nd try was added on 26 minutes when again the visitors took advantage with a quick play with two further scores on 30 and 34 minutes. Rovers tightened their game and despite being 22 points adrift played some enterprising rugby going close through Kavanagh and Hatfield.
Rovers started the 2nd period strongly and were unlucky not to score through Kelly following a good break from Whitehouse. Rovers scored on 47 minutes when Hatfield burst through to score an excellent try, Hill converting. Selby restored their advantage on 52 minutes when they were first to react to a loose ball. Rovers again battled hard and although they were now visibly tiring due to the effort on defence they never gave up the cause going close through Kavanagh and Reville.
Selby increased the lead on 68 minutes and had the final say with a try in the dying seconds to give the score line a heavy one sided look.
Despite the heavy loss Rovers gave their all and there were some very good efforts from all on show. Danny Reville and Hatfield were among the best for Rovers with Maskill taking the Majestic Decor man of the match award.