Rovers Crowned Premiership Champions
On this day ….. 12 May
Thirty-six years ago today, on 12th May 1984, Rovers beat Castleford 18-10 in the Premiership Final at Headingley, thus becoming the first club to complete a Championship and Premiership double.
It was the classic game of two halves. David Hall captained the side in the absence of club skipper Len Casey, and he and his team mates looked rather jaded in a first half in which Castleford built an 8-0 interval lead. In the dressing room at half-time, Roger Millward and his trusty right-hand man Johnny Moore lifted the players for a final effort to cap a truly remarkable season. And the players responded in style, raising their games and taking complete control.
Hall and man-of-the-match John Dorahy started to pull the strings and find gaps in the Castleford defence; and clinical finishing by the backs yielded four tries that swept Rovers to an 18-10 success. Centres Mike Smith and Gary Prohm both crossed for tries, then Dorahy himself, and David Laws’ try finished Castleford off. The only downside was that the tries were scored wide out, and Dorahy was able to land only one conversion – but the Robins still won that second half 18-2, and the Premiership was won for the second time in four seasons.
The Robins had a really strong and talented squad of players, with Millward and Moore in their complementary ways providing the leadership and nuturing a tremendous team spirit. The team success at Headingley that day was the final touch in the greatest season in the club’s history. It was a time when the club feared no-one, home or away, and when they went into every game confident that they could win.
Rovers team that day was – George Fairbairn; Garry Clark, Mike Smith, Gary Prohm, David Laws; John Dorahy, Paul Harkin; Roy Holdstock, Chris Rudd, John Millington (sub: Ian Robinson), Chris Burton (sub: John Lydiat), Mark Broadhurst, David Hall.
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