It was Rovers who went on to make the early pace, keeping the ball in the FC 20m zone for several sets. They struggled to show any real penetration or threat, however.
Scott Taylor was putting himself about, trying to make a point against his former team-mates.
Mantellato kicked a penalty to put Rovers, who had enjoyed the best of the first half, 12-0 up at the interval.
The second half saw FC huff and puff pretty ineffectually for the first 10 minutes or so, Rovers dealing with every threat with competent confidence.
Mantellato kicked another penalty in the 57th minute, putting Rovers into a 20-0 lead, and beginning to look very dominant indeed.
Mahe Fonua levelled up with a try after 74 minutes in the corner. Sneyd added the extras to put the visitors 22-20 up with five minutes remaining.
Veteran FC back rower Gareth Ellis felt that the Airlie Birds only really started to play around the hour mark.
“To be fair, we weren’t in the game for about 50 or 60 minutes,” he told Sky Sports.
“We knew the scoreboard was never too far away from us, and we knew, after all the pressurethat KR had we would get our chance, and we certainly took it.”