High-flying Rovers warned not to let hard work go to waste

Andy Hay
Andy Hay
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THE REAL challenge for Featherstone Rovers comes now, as they prepare to face Dewsbury Rams in the Kingstone Press Championship.

Rovers achieved one of the results of the season, at any level, when they won 37-18 away to Championship leaders Bradford Bulls on Wednesday night.

That lifted Rovers into the all-important fourth spot on the table, but coach Andy Hay knows it will have been a wasted effort if they do not back-up against the seventh-placed visitors tomorrow (3pm).

“It is going to be a test for us,” Hay said. “On the back of a win like Wednesday, getting our feet back on the ground is going to be tough.

“But we will take confidence out of it and the belief we can finish in the top-four. It is a massive push for us now, there’s four games to go in the regular season and we have got to keep winning.”

It will be Rovers’ third game in eight days, but Rams did not have a match last weekend and Hay conceded: “That makes it tough. They have had some good performances and they gave us a good run at their place.

“They might be a bit rusty, having had a week off and we are game-ready. If we can keep the intensity up and play with the energy and enthusiasm we had the other day, that should carry us through.”

Rams boss Glenn Morrison feels his players have benefited from a break following a tough run of matches, but he added: “In saying that, Featherstone had a great win over the leaders and they will be full of confidence. We were hoping they might be a bit sore, but they won’t be feeling that after such a good win. They won’t be feeling the bumps and bruises, but we can’t worry about the opposition.

“Every game is tough this year and we have got to make sure we get back to what we’ve been good at doing. If we do what we need to do, the result will take care of itself.”