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Published on Sep 13, 2010
There have been many important days in the long history of Featherstone Rovers but today's game with Halifax certainly ranks near the top in recent years. Certainly over the last ten years only 2007's final at Headingley was more important and many of the crowd arriving for today's game had the dry mouth and churning stomach that such occasions can produce in the true fan. Ridiculous that after a season of such great success, a play-off game should assume such import as it satisfies one of the nefarious conditions for advancement set by the games ruling body.
Anyone seeing the final score in the news the day after the game could be excused for thinking that this was a 'cakewalk' for Rovers; but nothing could be further from the truth. Up to the last fifteen minutes of the game this was a war of attrition between two well matched teams and if the Halifax handling had been surer in the third quarter, the result could well have been in doubt right up to the final hooter.