16th June 2017, 22:09 | Leeds

Rhinos nil Featherstone to make semi-finals

Leeds Rhinos 58-0 Featherstone Rovers

Leeds Rhinos secured their place in the semi-finals of the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup with a comfortable 58-0 victory over Featherstone Rovers at Headingley Carnegie Stadium.

The Betfred Super League side named a strong line-up and ran in 10 tries as they kept their local rivals scoreless.

Stevie Ward, Brett Ferres, Joel Moon and Ash Handley all crossed the whitewash in the first half for the 2015 cup winners as they cruised to 22-0 lead at the half-time interval. 

Carl Ablett, Liam Sutcliffe and Handley, for his second, touched down during James Lockwood’s 10 minutes in the sin-bin at the start of the second period before a brace of tries from Brad Singleton and a further scores from Ryan Hall finished the rout for the hosts, with Sutcliffe kicking nine goals from 10 attempts for a personal tally off 22 points.

Leeds are now just 80 minutes away from extending their incredible record to a sixth final appearance at Wembley in the last eight seasons while Rovers will focus their attention on securing a top-four finish in the Kingstone Press Championship.

Rhinos coach Brian McDermott said: "I don’t mind saying it is exciting. I’m pleased for the players. We are on a journey. We are 80 minutes from Wembley so it’s good.

"It was a good workout for 40 minutes, if we had gone 18-0 ahead (at half-time), it would have made us a bit more nervous. We didn't get away from them until they got a sin-bin really.

“It looked like a Super League game, it was like a Super League tempo and I thought it was a fast game in the first half.”

Rovers head coach Jon Sharp said: "It’s mixed emotions really. A bit of frustration because we know we can play better but at the moment I am really pleased for the attitude of the players.

"(It’s) absolutely invaluable. The Middle 8s last year was really good for us and that has had a good influence on how we played this year.

"Being in the top four all year has certainly been a by-product of being in the Middle 8 games against really good Super League teams and I think today will also help.”