FEATHERSTONE ROVERS and Batley Bulldogs have different reasons for playing well in the Kingstone Press Championship tomorrow.
Rovers will be aiming to boost their top-four prospects and avenge an earlier heavy defeat when they visit London Broncos (3pm).
Batley travel to Workington Town (3pm) looking to get their season back on track after a disappointing run of results, including last Sunday’s home loss to lowly Whitehaven.
Rovers suffered a 24-8 drubbing by London on their own pitch at Easter, but coach Andy Hay’s side have begun to find their form and he believes they can reverse that scoreline at The Hive tomorrow.
“It’s a three-and-a-half-hour bus trip, they are a full-time team and they’ve beaten us at home,” Hay reflected.
“But we are confident we can go down there and perform well and if we do that, we should come back with a victory.”
Hay admitted Rovers are keen to show they are a better team than the one that faced London a month ago.
“We were disappointed the last time we played them and we want to make up for that,” he stressed. “We had a good win at Workington last week, which was a positive step in the right direction.
“We are on track, but we’ve got to keep our feet on the ground. We’ve got a tough game coming up against London and we need to be focused on that.
“We are showing signs of what we thought at the beginning, that we’ve got a decent side and if we stick to the structure and play well and play quick, we’re a threat.”
Batley coach John Kear wants a reaction from his team following last weekend’s home loss to Whitehaven.
He said: “I thought it was the worst we’ve played this year.
“There’s a massive amount of improvement in us. If we apply ourselves and show that we will have a good chance.”
Batley are ninth in the table, two places above tomorrow’s hosts.
“Phil Veivers (Workington’s coach) has called it a cup final,” Kear said.
“It obviously means a lot to them and to us as well. It will be a tough game because we’ve got to deal with the logistics of it and the long journey, because their pitch is 90 metres by 60 and because it is a very good Workington team, who will feel they haven’t really hit their straps yet.”