Featherstone Rovers coach Andy Hay believes it will be a huge achievement if the club can reach the Kingstone Press Championship Grand Final with victory over Sheffield Eagles on Sunday.
Off field problems and injury setbacks played a part in an up and down regular season, but Rovers are still in with a shout of winning silverware if they can overcome bogey side Sheffield at the Bigfellas Stadium and Hay is in no doubt that it will be special to be in the Grand Final at Headingley.
He told the Express: “It’s been a tough year for the club so it would be a massive achievement to reach the final on the back of what’s gone on throughout the season.
“The injuries we’ve had as well, but we are just 80 minutes away.
“The team are playing well, we’re focused and pretty positive. It’s the biggest game I’ve been involved in here.
“The Halifax game was hyped up and it was a big one that we needed to win because it put us in a good position for the second place finish. But it wasn’t do or die and this one is.
“It’s down to the knockout round and there’s a big trip to the Grand Final at stake. It’s a massive game, the boys are up for up for it and the club is getting fully behind it.
“It will be a great occasion if we can make it through this week and make it to Headingley. We’re confident.
“We didn’t know who we were going to get until Sunday, but we had a good week training last week without a game and we are into preparations to play Sheffield now.
“It was good to have a week without a game as it gave us a chance to freshen up a little bit and also give the competition the credit it deserves.
“Play-offs are tough at the back of the season and we had our ups and downs finishing second so it was good to get a week off and start focusing on what we need to do now going forward.
“We’re one game away from the final.”