Featherstone: Rovers ready for Bulls’ challenge

Andy Hay
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BOSS ANDY Hay says he won’t need to motivate his Featherstone Rovers players ahead of tonight’s trip to Bradford Bulls (8pm).

“These blokes should be jumping out of their skin to play Bradford and to play at Odsal,” Hay said.

“It doesn’t come around often and these are the games you want to be in. I’m sure the motivation will be there and we’ll see a big improvement from last Sunday, because we’ll have to.

“It is a game to see how far we’ve come. Both teams played on Sunday and it will come down to who has got the best attitude on the night.”

Bulls went top of the table following a 34-16 home victory over Batley Bulldogs three days ago and are on a 17-game winning streak.

Hay said: “They need to carry on winning, because they are chasing top spot, but we need to win to get into the top-four, so it’s two teams who need a win.

“The pressure is on them. They are the team who are expected to bounce back into Super League. They are full-time and they’ve got a massive squad. They are spending up to the salary cap and we are nowhere near it.

“There’s no pressure on us, we will just turn up and enjoy it, but to do that we’ve got to give our best performance – and there’s a lot of improvements to be made from the Hunslet game.”

Rovers scored 42 points against Hawks, but Hay was not happy with the 34 they conceded. He added: “We were probably 20 per cent below where we should have been in all our efforts and we will need that tonight.”