COACH John Duffy was delighted how Featherstone’s players “stuck together” in yesterday’s 38-30 win at Leigh Centurions that put Rovers level on points at the top of the Betfred Championship.
Following last week’s reesignation of Leigh coach Neil Jukes, Duffy admits he was expecting a backlash from the Centurions.
He said: “After everything that had gone on at Leigh - and with Micky Higham signing back on for them - we were well aware of how hard it would be to go there and get anything from the game.
“We knew it was going to be tough and we knew we would have to play for the full 80.
“I was very pleased with the way we performed and how tough we were. The lads stuck together.
“You always come in and out of your gameplan during games but our team spirit, which is possibly the best I have ever seen as a coach, shone through yet again.
“This team wants success. If we want anything out of 2018 you have to go to places like Leigh and win, which we have done.
“We are happy but there is a long way to go. We are pleased to be joint top of the league and we are in control of our destiny.”
Former Leigh star Martyn Ridyard scored 16 points for Rovers in a man-of-the-match performance.
Duffy added: “Martyn was very nervous before the game, which is unusual, but I am delighted for him.
“I was glad he was able to go back to his former club and prove a point.
“Martyn is going to go on to be a fantastic player for Featherstone Rovers but it was a team performance. From one to 17, the boys were brilliant.”