Rovers coach happy with good surface at Wrexham

John Bastian: "The victory against Halifax will have settled us down as a group.'
John Bastian: "The victory against Halifax will have settled us down as a group.'

Coach John Bastian will not underestimate newly-promoted North Wales Crusaders when Featherstone make the trip to Wrexham for Sunday’s Kingstone Press Championship game.

Last year’s Championship One winners Crusaders, who are coached by Clive Griffiths, beat Barrow Raiders 34-16 in their opening game this season at the Racecourse Stadium, which is also the home of Wrexham Football Club.

“I know Clive Griffiths and he has put together a good squad,” said Bastian.

“I think they will be very competitive this year and we certainly won’t be underestimating them.

“They beat Barrow in their opening game and they will be confident. We’ve got to prepare well and put in a really big performance. The great thing is they play on a good surface. It’s a good stadium and certainly the sort of pitch we want to play on. We are looking forward it.”

Rovers will look to build on last Sunday’s 28-20 win against Halifax after bouncing back from their opening-day defeat at Dewsbury.

“We’ve had a tough start playing Dewsbury and Halifax who are two very competitive sides,” added Bastian.

“Certainly, the victory against Halifax will have settled us down as a group.”