FEATHERSTONE ROVERS remain underdogs in the race for places in the Kingstone Press Championship’s top-four, coach Jon Sharp reckons – but he is delighted to still be in the hunt.
Sixth-placed Rovers trail Bradford Bulls on for and against and are a single point adrift of Batley Bulldogs – who they beat 34-6 two days ago – and Sunday’s opponents Halifax.
“It is wide open,” Sharp said of the top-four battle with two games remaining in the regular season. “It is a four-horse race for two spots. There’s a point’s difference between us and Batley and Halifax and they are probably the favourites, but we are still in there fighting.
“We have still got a chance, that’s what this [last Sunday’s] game has done for us. It has given us another opportunity to fight again.”
Rovers’ side against Batley included dual-registered Leeds Rhinos players Ashton Golding, Jordan Baldwinson and Anthony Mullally.
Sharp said: “We needed to win and it was probably the best we’ve played this year.
“It was up there with the performance against London, when we beat them by a good score. I was pleased, there was plenty of pressure on us to get a result and as a group we handled that really well.”
Centre Jamie Cording suffered a knee injury and is a doubt for this weekend’s game.