NEITHER FEATHERSTONE Rovers nor Dewsbury Rams have any margin for error as they face crucial Kingstone Press Championship fixtures this weekend.
Rams currently hold the all-important fourth spot in the table, thanks to a points difference advantage over Featherstone of just three.
Halifax – who visit Big Fellas Stadium tonight (6pm) – are two points behind Rovers, in sixth and Featherstone coach Andy Hay reckons his team need to go up a gear from last weekend’s 44-16 thrashing of Batley Bulldogs.
“I thought our performance last week as a team was a bit below par,” Hay said.
“That might have been down to the fact we played Leigh the week before, but we dropped off a bit.
“But we have been going okay, we’ve been improving week on week and that’s all we can do.”
With Halifax snapping at Rovers’ heels, Hay added: “It’s a big game, they have been playing well up to the last two or three weeks.
“They’ve progressed well during the year, as we have as well.
“There’s a lot at stake and it seems every year when we play Halifax it is a massive game.
“We are expecting it to be physical, they’ve got some big players who are playing well.
“Both teams can play some good rugby. There’s a lot of history between the clubs and I think it’s going to be another good game.”
Meanwhile, Dewsbury coach Glenn Morrison reckons tomorrow’s visit of second-bottom Workington Town (3pm) is a must-win game for Rams, who have been the surprise package so far this season. Dewsbury struggled to beat bottom club Doncaster last week and face most of their rivals for a place in the middle-eights over the next few games.
“It is a similar situation to last week,” Morrison said. “They are at the low end of the table and they will be fired up.
“They are a good team and we will have to be in a better frame of mind than we were last week or we won’t get away with it.”
He added: “We’ve got to try and get a win this week, to get some momentum.
“The next five games after this one are all against teams at the top end of the table and if we go in without any confidence we are going to struggle.”