Featherstone: Broncos win gives Rovers timely boost

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FEATHERSTONE ROVERS will go into Sunday’s Ladbrokes Challenge Cup tie at Catalans Dragons in buoyant mood following their 40-32 win at London Broncos two days ago.

That avenged a 24-8 home loss to London at Easter and extended Rovers’ winning run to five games.

“It was a good win, a tough win,” said Rovers boss Andy Hay, whose team are fifth in the Kingstone Press Championship. “It is a tough place to go and they had a very good side out, which was pleasing.

“We didn’t get off to a great start, which you could probably put down to the journey, but I thought it was one of the biggest tests we’ve had and we wanted to prove we are a better team than we showed on Good Friday.

“They had better personnel on the field and we came from 12-0 down.

“We looked quite comfortable up to 60 minutes and then let them get back in the game, so there’s things to work on, but it was good to come back with the points from one of our rivals for the top-four.”

Tim Spears (calf) limped off early on and could be in doubt for the trip to France, but Remy Marginet (ankle) and Jordan Baldwinson (shoulder) are expected to be available for Sunday, along with Thomas Minns, who was rested against London.

Rovers have chartered a flight and will be travelling to and from Perpignan on Sunday.

John Duffy.

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