Salfrod Red Devils v Featherstone Rovers: Good start crucial for Rovers’ hopes

Batley's Adam Gledhill and Shaun Squires combine to stop Featherstone's Anthony Thackery last weekend. Picture: Steve Riding.

Batley's Adam Gledhill and Shaun Squires combine to stop Featherstone's Anthony Thackery last weekend. Picture: Steve Riding.

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FEATHERSTONE ROVERS will be looking to attack Super League hosts Salford Red Devils tomorrow (3pm).

Rovers have lost their opening four games in the First Utility Qualifiers and conceded 62 points in both their previous meetings with top-flight opposition.

But relegation-threatened Salford are on a three-game losing run and Featherstone coach Jon Sharp wants his Kingstone Press Championship outfit to pile on the pressure.

“The start’s really important,” Sharp said of tomorrow’s tie.

“The first quarter against Leeds and Huddersfield was our nemesis.

“We started badly and that really affected how we played. We want to reverse that, we want to get the first score and put some pressure on them.

“It’s important we start well and get out of the blocks and be really attack-minded and go for them.

“The pressure will be on them and that could affect how they play.”

The middle-eights have been a steep learning curve for Rovers, but Sharp reckons they have made progress in their past two games, against Leigh Centurions and Batley Bulldogs.

“We had five regular starters out, but we had a really good go,” he said of last week’s 11-10 defeat at Mount Pleasant.

“Probably due to a couple of poor decisions we didn’t come away with the win, but minus those small moments I thought we played well enough to win that game and from that we will be going to Salford with a positive attitude.

“We are going to be aggressive and go and challenge them. We have nothing to lose, there’s no pressure on us - it is all on Salford because of the jeopardy behind this fixture format.”

Jon Sharp.

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