Featherstone Rovers v Toronto Wolfpack: Record-chasing winger Briscoe catching the eye of other clubs

Luke Briscoe skips  away from Batley's James Brown.
Luke Briscoe skips away from Batley's James Brown.
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FREE-SCORING WINGER Luke Briscoe is attracting attention from rival clubs, Featherstone Rovers coach John Duffy says.

The former Hull and Leeds Rhinos back is top try scorer in the Betfred Championship with 11 and has also crossed four times in the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup.

John Duffy.

John Duffy.

He scored a hat-trick in last Sunday’s win at Batley Bulldogs and if he touches down in today’s home game against Toronto Wolfpack (6pm) he will equal Paul Newlove’s club record of tries in 10 successive matches, set in 1993.

That has not gone unnoticed and Duffy revealed: “There’s a lot of clubs looking at him at the minute.

“He has been phenomenal and he deserves it because he put some hard work in during pre-season and he is getting his just rewards.

“I hope that continues; he has been a major player for us this season.”

Rovers are in form across the board going into today’s third-versus -ourth showdown.

“All the boys are looking forward to it,” Duffy said of Rovers’ first meeting with the Canadian outfit.

“They have spent a bit and they have got a really good squad and we want to challenge ourselves against these really good squads.”

Leaders London Broncos take on second-placed Toulouse Olympique today and visit Leigh Centurions on Monday, when Toulouse are at home to Toronto.

With the leaders facing off, Easter is set to be a pivotal spell in the season and Duffy admitted: “It is big for every club. A lot of clubs and players take a negative spin on Easter, but I am going to go the opposite way and treat it positively.

“We have to look after the boys, we did our recovery earlier than we normally would this week and we have got to be smart because Toronto are full-time and they will come all guns blazing.”

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