IT IS win or bust tomorrow as far as Featherstone Rovers’ promotion hopes are concerned.
Three sides competing for the final two places in the Qualifiers will do battle on the same pitch at Keepmoat Stadium. Halifax – fourth in the Kingstone Press Championship, one place and two points clear of Rovers – take on bottom club Doncaster at 2pm, before Rovers face Sheffield Eagles, who are four points better off in third spot (4.15pm). A Halifax win and defeat for Featherstone would end Rovers’ top-four hopes with one round of the regular season remaining and coach Jon Sharp said: “We must win – and then we’d still be relying on others to come up with results for us.
“It is a must-win, but the talk among the players isn’t about that. There’s enough pressure on them already, but the players are well aware of what’s riding on this game.”
Sharp’s first match in charge of Rovers was a 52-18 defeat at Leigh Centurions last week and he wants his side to build on the opening half an hour of that game, when they led 12-6. He said: “We have to be a bit smarter and a bit more resilient when things go against us. Three or four tries in about 10 minutes before half-time really cost us and we could have handled that better. This is a new experience for everyone, it is an education for these boys and there’s a lot to be done, but not much time to do it.”