Rovers coach: We need to be more ruthless

Rovers coach Andy Hay. Picture: Bob Nunn.
Rovers coach Andy Hay. Picture: Bob Nunn.
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Coach Andy Hay wants second-placed Featherstone Rovers to show a ruthless streak in Sunday’s crucial Kingstone Press Championship clash against Doncaster at Big Fellas Stadium.

Rovers achieved their fourth successive win under new boss Hay by beating Dewsbury 36-24 last weekend but he felt the Rams got off lightly and he is looking for further improvement.

“We need to be more ruthless and clinical in our execution,” he said.

“It gets frustrating when you are missing chances and we can’t afford the players to get frustrated because that’s when you start playing cautiously and not doing what you should be doing.

“If Doncaster look at the video from our match last Sunday, they will be hoping some of the passes don’t stick again. If they had done, it would have been a massive score on Dewsbury, no disrespect to them.

“I think we kept Dewsbury in the game and we’ve got to learn some lessons.”

Featherstone are three points clear of third-placed Doncaster and have the chance to pull further ahead this weekend but the South Yorkshire side have a good recent record against Rovers.

Inspired by player-coach Paul Cooke, they beat Rovers 22-16 at the Keepmoat Stadium earlier this season and they also won 36-24 on their last visit to Big Fellas Stadium 12 months ago.

“I am looking forward to playing Doncaster. Obviously, they’ve got Paul Cooke and he’s still playing well and they’ve some other decent players,” said Hay.

“Even before I came to Featherstone, all the boys had been talking about the two home games against Dewsbury and Doncaster and about losing to those two teams earlier this season. There is a lot of pride at Featherstone and even though new players have come in there is still a nucleus of players who take pride in not getting beaten.

“It’s not a revenge mission this Sunday but it’s an important game for us because Doncaster are just three points behind us in the table. If we win on Sunday, it will not be a case of cementing second spot but it will create a bigger gap for Doncaster, Halifax and the others to chase.”

Featherstone winger Etu Uaisele, who hasd been sidelined with a hamstring injury, has returned home “Down Under” because of a family bereavement.