Featherstone Rovers: Hay has selection headache ahead of Grand Final

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coach andy Hay is facing a selection headache ahead of Featherstone Rovers’ Kingstone Press Championship Grand Final showdown with Leigh Centurions.

Centre Greg Worthington is expected to be available after missing the qualifying semi-final win over Sheffield Eagles two days ago due to a calf muscle strain.

But Jamie Cording made his comeback from a long-term knee problem in the second-row – with Shaun Pick moving to the centres – and turned in an outstanding display, which leaves Hay with a tough call to make for Sunday’s title decider at Headingley Carnegie.

“Everybody came through all right,” Hay said of last weekend’s victory.

“Everybody’s putting their hand up for this week and we’re hoping to get Greg Worthington back.

“He strained his calf in the game before, against Halifax. He got through that, but struggled at the end and we brought him off.

“We thought he would be all right for the Sheffield game, but he just missed out.

“Jamie Cording had been out for about 10 weeks with ligament damage, but he slotted in, played the full 80 minutes and had a really good game.

“He probably played himself into a position for this week, so that will make it a tough call if Greg is fit.”

Hay said getting Cording back on the field at the most crucial time of the season was a huge boost.

“He’s a good player,” said the coach. “He’s really enthusiastic and he gave us just what we needed.”

Rovers are preparing for their fourth Grand Final in five seasons and Hay said that is a just reward for his players at the end of a “traumatic” campaign.

“It has been a tough year for everyone concerned,” he said.

“The game is hard enough as it is, but it has been even harder with everything that’s been going on – relegation, the financial rewards for finishing in the top-two and everything that’s been going on behind the scenes and the injuries we’ve had.

“It has been tough, but we’ve got through to the final and we have had a good year.

“We’d like to finish off well and go out on a high.

“We have a good chance of having a go at Leigh and probably putting a better performance in this time than the last time we played them.

“We had a good performance on Sunday, but we will have to be on the money again because Leigh are a great team.”

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