Featherstone Rovers: Sharp looking beyond the play-offs

Jon Sharp
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FEATHERSTONE ROVERS coach Jon Sharp says the final three rounds of the First Utility Qualifiers are all about building for next season.

Rovers are without a win after four games and suffered an 11-10 defeat at fellow part-timers Batley Bulldogs two days ago.

That left them bottom of the table and facing a tough end to the season with matches away to Salford Red Devils and London Broncos and at home against Hull KR.

Sharp feels his team have shown some good qualities, but mistakes and poor game management are letting them down.

“I want to win every game we are in,” stressed the coach, who was upset at his team’s failure to take two points from a penalty when they led 10-7 against Batley.

“In every game we’ve been really competitive, against Leeds for 20 minutes and Huddersfield for 30. Leigh was a really tight game which went down to the wire and it happened to us again on Sunday.

“It is not just about winning games for us, it’s about building blocks for next year and putting players under the pressure of play-offs football to see if they can handle it.

“Fortunately there’s some players shining and playing really well. James Duckworth was unbelievable on Sunday and didn’t deserve to be on the losing side and I could say that about 90 per cent of the team.”