Rovers seeking third win against Crusaders

Jarrod Sammut is set to make his Featherstone debut on Sunday. Picture by Tony Johnson.
Jarrod Sammut is set to make his Featherstone debut on Sunday. Picture by Tony Johnson.
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Featherstone will aim to complete a hat-trick of wins over North Wales Crusaders in Sunday’s Kingstone Press Championship game at Big Fellas Stadium.

Rovers won 36-6 at Wrexham in March and then thrashed Crusaders 66-0 in the Tetley’s Challenge Cup the following month.

Crusaders lost 55-12 at Batley last weekend and Rovers coach Andy Hay is expecting a reaction from the Welsh side this Sunday.

“With the score that Batley put on them, they are going to put in a lot of work and they will not want to let in a lot of points again,” he said.

“We need to work a little bit harder on what we are doing and we need to play a bit smarter.

“There are a couple of players from the Workington game who didn’t have really good performances so there may be a change round in the squad this week.”

Andy Ellis, Jamie Cording and Matty Dale sustained injuries in Sunday’s match at Derwent Park.

“Andy Ellis got a pretty bad cut so we had to bring him off and he didn’t feature in the game from the first-half. We had to bring Jamie Cording off with a knee injury in the first-half and Matty Dale suffered a shoulder injury. He came off and went back on but came back off again,” added Hay.

“There were a couple injuries that cropped up after the game so it wasn’t a good trip for us with the result and the injuries on the back of it.”

Steve Crossley and Etu Uaisele could be back in contention this Sunday. Forwards Danny Bridge (Warrington) and Chris Green (Hull FC) complete their one-month loan spells this weekend.

“Steve Crossley is fit again. He missed out last weekend on team selection so will be raring to go this weekend,” said Hay.

“Danny Bridge was left out for team selection against Workington. He has another game with us.”

Uaisele, who has been sidelined with a hamstring injury, has returned to Featherstone after going home “Down Under” because of a family bereavement.

Hay said: “Etu is still in rehab but he trained on Monday. If he doesn’t pull up sore from the training hopefully he will be in contention.”

Wakefield’s Australian half-back Jarrod Sammut will make his Rovers debut on Sunday after joining them on dual registration.

“I’m delighted that Jarrod has joined the club and he will go straight into the 17 on Sunday. He will add significant quality and experience to our side,” said Hay who was pleased with the debut of new signing Liam Kent at Workington.

Back row forward Kent has been signed from Hull FC after being on loan at Doncaster.

Hay said: “I thought Liam had a really good debut. It was a selection dilemma between him and Danny Bridge and I just wanted to see how he went. He was very solid, he defended well and ran the ball hard and he’ll be better for that this week. He’s very tough and enjoys the hard work.”

Rovers chairman Mark Campbell is holding a fans forum at Big Fellas stadium next Wednesday (7pm). The main topic will be the recent changes at the club.

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