Swinton Lions v Featherstone Rovers: Jon Sharp wary of the attacking threat posed by hosts

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FEATHERSTONE ROVERS’ unbeaten start to the season will face its sternest test yet away to Swinton Lions tomorrow (3pm), coach Jon Sharp reckons.

Rovers have a 100 per cent record after three rounds of the Kingstone Press Championship, but Sharp described Swinton as “the best attacking team we’ve come up against so far”.

Swinton have won just one of their opening three matches – an 8-6 success in a quagmire at Dewsbury – but Sharp warned: “The quality and execution of things they are doing with the ball is absolutely outstanding.

“They are a good team and this is the toughest challenge for us so far, defensively. But we have conceded 12 points in our last two games and we’re happy with that.”

Rovers underlined their top-four credentials with a 32-6 victory at Batley Bulldogs last week, but Sharp believes they have a lot more to offer. “That was our best performance so far, but I think we will improve as it dries up,” he predicted. “The weather’s holding us back at the minute, it is affecting how we can practice and how we want to play in games.

“Once the weather gets better and fields dry out I think we are going to get better, but at the moment we are fit and healthy and in good shape.

“The fellas are confident and they want to keep playing and getting selected.

“If they keep playing like they are doing, it makes my job easy.”

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