Dewsbury Rams v Featherstone Rovers: Hay makes forward battle prediction for derby clash with Rams

Featherstone 'Rovers' Paul Wood.
Featherstone 'Rovers' Paul Wood.
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A TOUGH FORWARD battle is being predicted tonight when Featherstone Rovers visit Dewsbury Rams in the Kingstone Press Championship (8pm).

Dewsbury are currently fifth in the table, one place ahead of Rovers on points difference and are looking for a second successive home win over Featherstone following a shock victory at the start of last season.

“It is a tough place to go,” Rovers coach Andy Hay admitted. “They are playing well and we see it as a big challenge. They have got a couple of decent halves, a decent hooker and a big forward pack.

“It is a small field and we are expecting a tough game down the middle – a really big forward battle. We need to be prepared for that and prepared to roll our sleeves up.”

Rovers have yet to hit their best form this year and Hay, who will welcome back key men Andy Ellis and Paul Wood, said a tough contest is what they need ahead of the Easter weekend.

“It’s a good game for us,” he insisted. “Whitehaven didn’t really deliver what we expected in the Cup game last week, especially in the second half. We had it a bit easier than we expected, but we know we have a big task on our hands.”

Rams coach Glenn Morrison sees tonight’s derby showdown as a key game in his side’s season. He said: “I think both teams are in the same boat. They’ve both had some wins, but not played at their best.

“These are the games you need to win if you want to be up there competing at the end of the year.

“It is a big game for both of us. We are fifth, they are sixth and there’s only for and against separating us, so hopefully we can win and create a bit of a gap.”

Rams will be without Luke Adamson, who has a fractured jaw.