Featherstone Rovers in last chance saloon

Featherstone Rovers
Featherstone Rovers

Featherstone Rovers’ top-four hopes are hanging in the balance ahead of their crunch clash with Toronto Wolfpack tomorrow (Saturday).

Rovers currently occupy fifth spot in the Betfred Championship but still have a slim chance of securing a place in the Qualifiers.

In order for John Duffy’s side to finish in the top four they must avoid defeat in Canada.

A loss in any scenario will consign Rovers to the Championship Shield despite what happens elsewhere.

Victory for Featherstone will give them a fighting chance of finishing inside the top four but they will need to rely on other results to move up the table.

Victory will take Fev to 32 points and could, theoretically, see them finish as high as second.

However, they would need all three teams above them to lose and hope that sixth-placed Leigh Centurions win by no more than 64 points at home to Sheffield Eagles.

Second-placed Toulouse host Dewsbury Rams, London Broncos travel to Barrow Raiders while Halifax are at home to Rochdale Hornets.

If Featherstone win in Canada and one of London, Toulouse and Halifax are defeated - and providing Leigh don’t beat Sheffield by 65 points - then Rovers will end the regular season in fourth.

Alternatively, a draw against Toronto could still be enough for Duffy’s side.

Due to their superior points difference over Halifax, if Rovers draw with the Wolfpack they would then need Fax to lose at home to Rochdale and hope that Leigh fail to win against Sheffield.

If Rovers were to win in Toronto on Saturday they would be the first visiting team to claim two points at Lamport Stadium since the Wolfpack’s introduction into the British game last year.

Saturday’s game will be shown live on Premier Sports with a repeat shown on FreeSports at 11am on Tuesday morning.