Featherstone Rovers v Hunslet Hawks: Powell supports game postponment

The early decision to call off the Boxing Day clash with Hunslet Hawks has been backed by Featherstone Rovers' coach Daryl Powell.

Rovers had planned to hold an inspection on Sunday morning, but with no prospect of the pitch thawing out before then, instead decided to postpone the game yesterday.

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It will now be played on Sunday, January 2 (3pm) and Powell said: "It is really difficult to train on fields at the moment, because they are absolutely rock hard.

"You can't run, because it's so slippery – players can't keep their feet. From that perspective it would be dangerous – and then there's also the contact element.

"It's a sensible decision. Christmas is a difficult time in terms of letting people know, so it was best to make the decision early."

Powell added: "It is not a major issue. We've still got the same fixture and we've got an extra week to prepare, so hopefully we can get get out on some grass and have an opportunity to go though things as a team."

Hawks player-coach Paul March is disappointed not to have a game tomorrow, but looking forward to the new date.

"We want to see how much more work we need to do," he said. "It is a big step up from last year, the players are working hard and playing Featherstone will give us a gauge.

"We were looking forward to it (Boxing Day).

"We came back before a lot of other teams, because we weren't involved in the play-offs.

"The players want to have a hit-out and blow some cobwebs off."