Featherstone boss: We’re excited by London challenge

John Duffy.
John Duffy.

Featherstone Rovers are “excited” to be playing in a potentially winner takes all match with London Broncos at the LD Nutrition Stadium on Sunday.

Head coach John Duffy is confident his side will give their all in a match that will go a long way to deciding whether they achieve their objective of a top four finish in the Betfred Championship.

Rovers and the Broncos go into Sunday’s game with just one point separating them after both enjoyed victories last weekend, but with only two matches to go to the end of the regular season Featherstone know if they can win they will knock one of their rivals out of the race.

A defeat could leave Rovers’ fate out of their own hands, however, so it is a high stakes game and Duffy says his players are looking forward to the challenge.

He said: “We’re excited about it.

“We’ll have a great week this week. We’ll have a good look through the video, but our focus now is solely on London.

“It has been the most competitive Championship I’ve been involved in, playing or coaching. It has been a real tough slog.

“I think my players deserve to be there (in the Qualifiers), but we’ve got to work hard this week and give everything on Sunday.”

Duffy was pleased with the way his team bounced back from the huge disappointment of the defeat and performance at Halifax by running in 10 tries in their 60-4 win at Swinton.

He said: “To see the boys come back and be together as they were was outstanding.

“We were smart and stuck to what we said we were going to do and really ground it out.

“They have got some great players and they are well drilled so we knew we had to stick with it and the gaps would come in the end.”

The performance at Swinton has boosted Rovers’ spirits for the big game ahead.

Duffy added: “We spoke about our confidence and togetherness because I thought that was missing a bit last week.

“The boys really pulled together like they always have done.

“They were great all week and it really shone through in the performance.”

James Thornton, new loan signing Aaron Smith and dual registered Cameron Smith all made their Featherstone debuts in the impressive display at Swinton and Duffy was pleased with the way they all fitted in.

He explained: “James Thornton’s come up from Hemel. It took him a couple of weeks just to get to grips with how we train and what we do and everything we need during the game.

“He’s got a great attitude and obviously I put him on the bench and he went well when he got on.

“The other two are Super League players. Really smart.

“Cameron Smith was outstanding off the bench and I thought Aaron was a real threat when he got on the pitch.”

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