Championship remains Featherstone Rovers' focus

EXCITEMENT IS building for Featherstone Rovers’ trip to Wembley next month but head coach James Webster insists the league campaign is their focus this season.

By Ben McKenna
Friday, 18th June 2021, 12:00 pm
Updated Friday, 18th June 2021, 12:28 pm
Featherstone Rovers head coach James Webster. Picture: Dec Hayes Photography.
Featherstone Rovers head coach James Webster. Picture: Dec Hayes Photography.

Rovers continued their unbeaten start to the Championship campaign with a dominant 44-0 win over Bradford Bulls last weekend.

They will be aiming to continue their winning run at Dewsbury Rams who were beaten 56-12 by league leaders Toulouse Olympique last weekend, on Sunday.

Lee Greenwood’s side have lost five of their eight league games in 2021 but Webster believes that injuries have had a negative impact on the Rams.

“They have had some good wins and some good performances. When they have struggled, it has been through injury not through ability,” said Webster.

“Their squad at times has been quite depleted. That seems to be the case for a lot of teams at the moment.

“They have got two really experienced half-backs in [Liam] Finn and [Paul] Sykes. They have got a big pack and it is a really difficult place to play.”

He added: “The league is our goal. As much as Wembley will be nice, the league remains our goal.”

Finn missed Dewsbury’s defeat last weekend but Sykes has played a key role for the Rams this season.

The 39-year-old made his professional debut with Bradford Bulls in 1999 and

Webster added: “I coached Paul at Wakefield and he did a fantastic job there. I even played against him, that is how long he has played, he was at Bradford when I played him. He has had a fantastic career.”