TOMORROW’S TRIP to Workington (3pm) will be a good test for coach Jon Sharp’s resurgent Featherstone Rovers.
Rovers have won both their opening Kingstone Press Championship Shield matches, are top of the table and already guaranteed a place in the semi-finals.
But fourth-placed Workington have been one of the form teams since Jarrod Sammut joined them from Wakefield Trinity Wildcats earlier this summer and Sharp is relishing seeing how his side will cope with the both the opposition and the long trip to Cumbria.
“They are playing really well,” he said of Workington.
“It’s going to be extremely tough up there, the field is not the biggest and we know it will be a tight, physical game.
“They will be full of confidence from the way they’ve been playing and it will be our toughest game in the Championship Shield so far, but we’ll be well-prepared and we’ll go up there and give it our best shot.”
Rovers’ 28-16 victory at Doncaster last weekend was good practice, Sharp reckons.
The result guaranteed Doncaster’s relegation to League One, but Sharp felt his team had to show the sort of battling qualities which will be needed tomorrow.
“It was a hard-nosed game and we had to defend well and kick and chase well,” he said of Rovers’ second successive win.
“We had to be resilient and very patient with the ball, so it was really good preparation for us for this week.”