EASTER COULD be a defining period in the Kingstone Press Championship season, Featherstone Rovers coach Andy Hay believes.
Rovers are at home to former Super League outfit London Broncos tonight (7.30pm) and Hay reckons the next two rounds will be crucial in the race to secure a place in the Qualifiers – alongside Super League’s bottom four – later in the campaign.
“It is a tough ask playing two games in four days and we’ve got two tough opponents,” said Hay, whose side are at home to Sheffield Eagles on Monday. “It is an important period, which started against Dewsbury last Sunday. It is not the be-all and end-all, but if we can pick up another two wins it will go along way to securing a top-four spot.”
London have yet to find top form, but Hay reckons they are on the up under new coach Andrew Henderson, the former Castleford Tigers captain.
“Knowing Hendo pretty well, I’m sure they’re going to come here with a lot of enthusiasm,” Hay said. “They will be looking to string some results together and they had a good win against Halifax last week. It is going to be a tough fixture and we are expecting their best, but we are looking at ourselves more than London.
“We want to carry on from where we left off against Dewsbury and it is a big game for us, against a team people were talking about as a top-four side at the start of the season.”