Rovers skipper expects harder test at Halifax

Featherstone captain Tim Spears and Misi Taulapapa halt a Batley player in Sunday's game at Mount Pleasant. Picture: Carol Austerberry.
Featherstone captain Tim Spears and Misi Taulapapa halt a Batley player in Sunday's game at Mount Pleasant. Picture: Carol Austerberry.

Featherstone Rovers captain Tim Spears expects an even tougher test at Championship top-four rivals Halifax this Sunday after last weekend’s 34-6 win at Batley Bulldogs.

Spears, who was delighted with Featherstone’s team performance at Mount Pleasant, said: “I’ve never had an easy game at The Shay in my career and I don’t anticipate having one next Sunday.

“We can draw a lot of positives from the win at Batley but if we don’t turn up and get the job done at Halifax it will have been for nothing.

“It needs to be a good week’s preparation for what I would say is going to be an even harder game at Halifax.”

Rovers led 10-0 at half-time in Batley after playing up the slope in the first-half.

Former Bulldogs player Spears said: “ “We just had to go out there in the second-half and execute the game plan like we had done in the first 40 minutes.

“When you play up the hill at Batley you are going to do a bit of defending on your own line. I think the team that is probably most resolute on their own line is going to go on to win the game.

“I thought our middle were outstanding. I thought they did a great job.

“Credit to the middle, I think they made it easier for the edges and, backing up from last week, both our half-backs had really strong games.

“In the second-half, I thought our kicking game was excellent.”