Featherstone Rovers aiming to improve Super League credentials

John Bastian.
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NEW COACH John Bastian has admitted pre-season could not have gone much better for Featherstone Rovers on the pitch.

But he said there are still things to improve behind the scenes as Rovers step up their bid for a place in First Utility Super League from 2016.

Rovers completed their pre-season fixtures with a 54-6 demolition of a strong Hull side three days ago.

That was their fourth victory in as many trial games – and second against Super League opposition following the 24-6 win over Wakefield Trinity Wildcats – and they did not concede a second-half point in any of them.

“You can always improve, but pre-season has been very good from November 11 when we started bringing this group of players together,” said Bastian, who joined Rovers from his previous role as Warrington Wolves’ youth boss.

“The players’ work ethic, energy, willingness to improve and develop has been significant and that won’t stop. We have to keep working in areas to get better and improve as a team.”

Rovers should have played five games, all at home, but a derby against Castleford Tigers was called off due to a waterlogged pitch.

“The pitch gets a lot of games on it and the groundsman does particularly well with limited equipment,” Bastian said. “As a club looking to progress, and hopefully earn the right to play in Super League, we need to improve in certain areas.

“We certainly need to work on improving the quality of the pitch and the equipment the groundsman has available to him. That’s something as a club we are looking at and we recognise the importance of getting everything in place.”

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