The win all but secures a top four finish for Justin Morgan’s men in front of a sizeable crowd at Craven Park.
A low scoring first half was played at a terrific tempo and the game was superbly marshalled by Steve Ganson, who didn’t award a penalty until the opening minutes of the second half.
Both sides continued to batter each other in the forwards and chances were spurned for the remainder of the first half. But in the closing stages, a loose pass bounced kindly for Kris Welham and he intercepted and raced away. He outpaced the defence to cross the line in the corner, and Michael Dobson slotted over the conversion on the hooter to give Rovers a narrow 6-4 half time advantage.
The try seemed to give the home side a psychological edge and it showed as Rovers blitzed Saints in the first half of the second period.