Rovers coach pleased with solid defence

Rovers coach Andy Hay: "I think we've had improvement throughout 80 minutes in both games and if we can keep doing that it will be a bonus for us."
Rovers coach Andy Hay: "I think we've had improvement throughout 80 minutes in both games and if we can keep doing that it will be a bonus for us."
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Featherstone Rovers coach Andy Hay was again pleased with his side’s defence as they maintained their 100 per cent record in the Kingstone Press Championship on Sunday.

Rovers followed a 28-14 victory over promoted Hunslet by winning 13-6 at Doncaster.

“Our performance improved from the Monday night game against Hunslet,” said Hay.

“I thought our defence was again outstanding. It was very pleasing to restrict Doncaster to one try. We still have some work to do with our skill in attack but I thought we played with a bit more patience and were more composed.

“Our penalty count was also a lot better and that helped us. We are steadily improving and going in the right direction. The conditions were tough in the first-half and Doncaster played really well in the first period and put us under a lot of pressure.

“We didn’t finish off our sets very well but half-time gave us a chance to address some situations and we came out a lot stronger and played some good stuff.

“I think we’ve had improvement throughout 80 minutes in both games and if we can keep doing that it will be a bonus for us. Doncaster is a tough place to visit and they had five players from Hull on dual registration.

“When you looked at Doncaster’s team on paper, it was a good, strong side. Credit to our boys, they stuck together and our defence was really strong. If we can keep building on that it will help us win games.

“We raised our game at Doncaster and I think we can raise it again this Sunday when we play Bradford Bulls.”

Rovers will play on their new extended pitch at Big Fellas Stadium for the first time this Sunday after it wasn’t ready for their first home match against Hunslet which was switched to Wakefield’s Belle Vue Stadium.

Rovers chief executive Pat Cluskey said: “The Rugby League sent an independent assessor a couple of weeks ago and he gave us more advice on the pitch but he had no issue with us playing matches on it.

“Gerry Kershaw, who is head of match commissioners, visited the ground last week and again there were no problems with the pitch.

“We’ve been working on the pitch since then and we are now looking forward to playing Bradford.

“Obviously, the big test will be this weekend and how it cuts up during and after the game and then we’ve got 13 days to get it ready for the visit of Leigh Centurions.”