Rovers hope to have duo back for Hay’s first match in charge

Winger Etu Uaisele has missed Featherstone's last two matches with a hamstring injury.
Winger Etu Uaisele has missed Featherstone's last two matches with a hamstring injury.

Featherstone Rovers hope to welcome back Etu Uaisele and Andy Bostock for Sunday’s Kingstone Press Championship game against Workington Town at Big Fellas Stadium.

Winger Uaisele (hamstring) and forward Bostock (ankle) have both missed the last two matches.

Sunday’s clash against Workinngton will be new head coach Andy Hay’s first match in charge of Rovers.

“Etu and Andy have a good chance of being back - they weren’t far away last weekend,” said Featherstone’s assistant coach Danny Evans.

“Etu was probably nearer than Andy to playing at Sheffield last Sunday but we just want to make sure Etu is 100 per cent fit before he starts playing again.”

Prop Chris Annakin could make his Featherstone home debut against Workington.

Annakin made his first appearance for Rovers off the bench in last Sunday’s 36-22 victory at Sheffield after the Championship outfit agreed a dual registration arrangement with Super League neighbours Wakefield.

Evans said: “Chris had been struggling a bit with match fitness and not getting games at Wakefield. We brought him in because we have been struggling at prop with recent injuries to Matty Dale and Andy Bostock.”

Rovers skipper Tim Spears has been fined £50, but escaped suspension, for a high tackle on Greg McNally in the recent home league defeat against Leigh Centurions.

Stand-off Andy Kain misses this Sunday’s game against Workington. He was banned for one match after submitting an early guilty plea for striking during a 70th minute brawl in the Leigh clash.

It was ruled that sending off was sufficient for Rovers winger Will Sharp who was dismissed, along with Leigh’s Matt Sarsfield, following the brawl.

Evans is wary of the threat posed this weekend by Workington who drew 20-20 with Halifax and won 10-6 at Rochdale in their last two matches.

“We will not be underestimating Workington,” he said.

“We will be working hard in training this week and no one is getting in front of themselves or getting excited. All we’ve done is beat Sheffield so we just need to keep going and achieve some consistency.

“We have to make sure we are good in training this week and put in a really strong performance this Sunday.

“Workington have a new coach in Phil Veivers and a dual registration arrangement with Wigan so their team can change from one week to the next but we just need to concentrate on ourselves and make sure we are ready to go on Sunday.

“We’ve talked about trying to make it tough for opposing teams to play at Featherstone and that’s what we hope will happen on Sunday.”

Evans was delighted with the second-half fightback in the win at Sheffield after Rovers trailed 22-10 at half-time.

“In the first-half, we were playing into a strong wind and Sheffield capitalised on some mistakes we made. We conceded a couple of soft tries and the bounce of the ball didn’t go our way,” he said.

“We had a good chat at half-time and we still believed we could get the victory. Credit to the boys they scored 26 points without reply in the second-half and scored some really good tries.

“ We completed our sets in the second period and Kyle Briggs kicked the goals as well. There were some tricky shots and he held his nerve.

“Andy Ellis worked really hard and came up with some big plays to get us back in the match.”