Injured Cook keen to make the final

Jon Sharp
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FORMER SUPER League star Paul Cooke is facing a race against time to be fit for Featherstone Rovers’ Kingstone Press Championship Shield final against London Broncos on Sunday.

Cooke suffered an Achilles injury in training ahead of Rovers’ 52-14 semi-final win over Workington Town and coach Jon Sharp said: “I think he’ll be out for six weeks.

“I don’t think he will be available for Sunday, but he has said ‘don’t write me off’, so we will give him a late check.”

Rovers will go into the final, at Widnes, in buoyant mood following their nine-try demolition of Workington.

“It was nice to get the job done,” Sharp said. “It was a really good performance, I was really pleased with how we played, particularly in the first half.

“The second half didn’t reach the same heights, but we finished the game strongly.

“We have picked up some form, with seven wins in our last eight games and we have achieved one of our goals by getting to the final, but now we’ve got to win it.”

London finished eighth in the Championship and third in the Shield table, two places behind Rovers, but Sharp warned: “We’ve got many challenges. We are a young team and we’re playing full-time opposition, but it will be a good experience for the young fellas to be able to experience a final and the preparations for it.”