Hungry youngsters will ensure no end-of-term effort from Rovers

Jon Sharp: Featherstone coach expects no drop-off.
Jon Sharp: Featherstone coach expects no drop-off.
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BOSS Jon Sharp won’t accept an end-of-term performance from his Featherstone Rovers team tomorrow.

Rovers play host to London Broncos (3pm) with nothing at stake on the Kingstone Press Championship Shield table.

Featherstone are already guaranteed top spot and a home tie against fourth-placed Workington Town in the semi-finals, while London will finish third and travel to Dewsbury Rams.

“Possibly it could be labelled a dead rubber,” admitted Sharp.

“But for us it is a really important game in our preparation for the semi-final.

“We are treating it like a quarter-final. We need to hit the semi in good form and places are still up for grabs.

“The semi-final team has not been decided yet and blokes have got an opportunity to make a late push.

“Also, it is the official opening of our new stands, there’s going to be some dignitaries here for that and we want to put on a good show.”

Sharp has been impressed with the form of several young players during Rovers’ Shield campaign and said they could feature in the play-offs, ahead of more experienced squad members.

“They have been a revelation,” he said.

“With an off-season under their belt I think some of them are going to turn into fantastic players in the future.

“They have added another dimension to the squad, they are challenging the selection process and some of them are going to keep their place on merit and keep some good players out.”

London have had a disappointing year, but Sharp reckons it is a good match-up for both teams.

“They have got their own semi-final the week after,” he said. “I would imagine they are going to want to be in decent form for that, so they’ll be a good challenge for us.”