Momentum is with Featherstone Rovers for Shield semi

Jack Ormondroyd.
Jack Ormondroyd.

Featherstone Rovers boss Jon Sharp believes the momentum picked up by his side will be a big factor in what he expects to be a tough semi-final against Workington Town on Sunday.

Rovers go into the Kingstone Press Championship Shield semi-final on home soil on the back of a run of seven wins from eight matches and the confidence gained can stand them in good stead.

“We set out to go into the semis on the back of a winning run and we’ve managed to achieve that – and we’ve played some decent stuff along the way,” said head coach Sharp.

“It is important the way you go into the play-offs and we have got some decent momentum behind us. We have won seven of our last eight games and we’ve got to be happy with that.”

Sharp admits he will be fielding a team with a number of players inexperienced in semi-final rugby, but believes they are ready for the challenge.

He said: “You look at our team and where we are at and we are going to be playing a semi-final with a team of really young kids who are inexperienced.

“The challenge is going to be getting the guys ready emotionally to deal with that.

“We need to give ourselves a chance to get to a final. I think we did really well against London and that will help us to become battle hardened when it comes to the semi-final.

“The semi-final will be a tough. It’s going to be really physical and may well come down to the last play but we’ve had plenty of practice in that area as well.”

Rovers reported no fresh injuries from last Sunday’s London game, but will check on prop Jack Ormondroyd, who suffered a back spasm during the warm-up.

Sharp added: “We are getting injuries before the game has even kicked off now! Back spasms can come and go really quickly and hopefully it will settle down.”