Rovers ready to stage re-run of Grand Final

Daryl Powell.
Daryl Powell.

FEATHERSTONE Rovers could be unchanged from last week’s 24-12 win at Dewsbury as they aim to continue their 100 per cent start to the Co-operative Championship season at home to Sheffield Eagles in a re-run of last year’s Grand Final.

Rovers coach Daryl Powell said: “It wasn’t one of our best performances, but we won the game. We’ll get better and we’ll need to, there’s no doubt about that.

“Sheffield are looking good. They had a poor result against Halifax, but they’ve looked strong when I’ve watched them play and they’ve got threats all over the field.

“They’re a good team and they’ll cause us some trouble. We’ll need to be 30 per cent better with the ball to open them up, and we’ll need to be just as tough defensively.”

On his side’s start to the season, Powell added: “We’ve managed to win our first three games without really hitting our straps yet.

“It’s in September or October that we’ll need to be at our best and there’s plenty more to come from us.”

Sheffield Eagles prop Mitch Stringer is struggling to overcome a virus ahead of Saturday’s fixture.

But Sheffield coach Mark Aston’s biggest concern is his side’s ability to focus.

Aston said: “We can’t play for little spits and spurts. We’ve got to play for the full 80 minutes and we’ve been talking about that for a while.

“We’ve got to dust ourselves down (from last week’s 50-18 defeat by Halifax) because we’ve got some big games coming up. We’ve got to learn to play for longer periods of the games.”

Featherstone Rovers are turning Saturday’s game at the Big Fellas Stadium into a family occasion.

More than 150 children will be attending who have been involved in Easter Camp activities at the club this week during the school holidays.

Prior to kick-off there will be a curtain raiser between Thornhill Trojans under 8s and Townville Tigers under 8s at 4.15pm. At half-time children who have attended the Easter Rugby Camp will do a lap of honour while those who have attended the Easter Dance Academy will be entertaining the crowd. To add to the family occasion, there will also be a bucking bronco and bouncy castle for the kids.

The Atrium Bar will be open from 3pm and the club will be re-showing last year’s Grand Final.

The main game kicks-off at 6pm and after the usual post match interview with head coach Daryl Powell there will be a special auction of last season’s away playing shirts and shorts, signed, before the entertainment goes on into the night with a disco.