James set to return for cup clash against Leigh

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Prop Matt James is set to return for Featherstone’s Northern Rail Cup clash against Leigh at Big Fellas Stadium on Sunday (3pm kick-off).

James (pictured) has missed the last three matches following minor knee surgery.

Hooker Ben Kaye is also in line for a recall after missing the last two games.

Interim head coach Ryan Sheridan said: “We’ll have a look at Matt in training this week and see where he’s at but it is looking good at the moment.

“We rested Ben because of a couple of niggling injuries but he should also be back in the frame. It will be a bonus having him back.”

Sheridan will also check on the fitness of centre Greg Worthington (calf) and winger Tommy Saxton (hamstring).

“The week off has done us the world of good. Hopefully, we should be able to clear up a few knocks,” he added.

“It could be a bit of a selection headache but it will good having some bodies back.”

Rovers beat Leigh four times last year and came out on top 38-6 when the sides met at Featherstone in this season’s opening league game but Sheridan is expecting a formidable challenge from the Centurions on Sunday.

“It will a tough game. Leigh have a big pack and they are extremely physical,” he said.

“They’ve got some clever players like Beswick and Penkywicz.

“Ridyard is a good player as well and a lot happens around him.

“There will be two great packs and a lot of skilful backs so it’s no different from any other game we’ve played against Leigh.

“Leigh have been in great form over the last few games. They beat Batley and put a big score on York so it has the makings of as great clash on Sunday.”

Rovers reached the Northern Rail Cup final for the first time last season, losing 21-12 to Halifax in the decider at Blackpool.

Sheridan is now aiming to steer Rovers to this season’s final at The Shay, Halifax on Saturday, July 20.

“We’d definitely like to get to the final again but we know it’s going to be a tough challenge,” he added.

“The Northern Rail Cup is important and one of our targets in 2013 is to win the trophy.”

Sheridan is relishing the opportunity to step up from assistant coach to take charge of the team for the rest of the season.

“Obviously, it’s now a different dynamic. I’ve worked across from Daryl for the last four and a half years and we’ve worked closely together,” he said.

“I’m now on my own. I’ve got an assistant in Danny Evans but I’m more or less on my own throughout the day and obviously I’ve got to plan things and make decisions on players and things like.

“It’s business as usual. Nothing is broken but there are a few areas we need to work on.

“As a group we’ve identified areas we need to improve on and we’ll be working hard to do that.

“It’s a great challenge for me. I’m looking forward to it and I’m excited by it.

“We have a great group of players here at Rovers and I’ve had a great response from them in my first week in charge.

“We have an excellent culture at Rovers which is based on hard work in training and a culture of rolling up our sleeves and getting on with things.

“I am being assisted by Danny Evans who knows the structures we have in place so I am looking forward to building on what we have already in place. As a close knit squad, we are extremely hungry for success and right some of the wrongs from 2012. I am confident this group of players have the necessary attributes to rise to the challenge and have a real desire to win.”

Admission on the gate on Sunday is £17 adults, £10 concessions and £5 children.

Rovers host Castleford Tigers in an Academy under 19 fixture on Saturday. Admission is £3 adults and £1 concessions/juniors.

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