Rovers visit Halifax in Northern Rail Cup

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FEATHERSTONE Rovers kick off the 2012 season with a trip to Oldham in the Northern Rail Cup on Sunday, February 12.

Featherstone host Dewsbury Rams and Batley Bulldogs and visit Halifax in their other three NRC group matches.

Rovers will be out for revenge against Halifax who pipped them 31-30 with a ‘golden point’ drop goal in extra time in the semi-finals of last season’s tournament.

Featherstone coach Daryl Powell (pictured) said: “The Northern Rail Cup is a competition we’ve been keen to do well in every season.

“We have got to two semi-finals and we haven’t been able to take that final step and that’s what we are looking for next season, to take the next step.”

Featherstone, bidding to finish top of the Co-operative Championship for a third successive year, start their league campaign by visiting newly-promoted Keighley Cougars on Sunday, March 11 (2pm).

Rovers host Leigh centurions in their first home fixture the following Thursday evening, March 15 (7.30). The match will be shown live on Premier Sports.

The full list of Featherstone’s 2012 fixtures is:

NORTHERN RAIL CUP

February

12 (Sunday): Oldham Away 3pm

19 (Sunday): Dewsbury Home 3pm

26 (Sunday): Halifax Away 3pm

MARCH

4 (Sunday) Batley Home 3pm

CO-OPERATIVE CHAMPIONSHIP

11 (Sunday): Keighley Cougars Away 2pm

15 (Thursday): Leigh Centurions Home 7.30pm

APRIL

1 (Sunday): Dewsbury Rams Away 3pm

6 (Friday): Sheffield Eagles Home (tbc)

14-15: Challenge Cup fourth round

22 (Sunday): Swinton Away 2pm

MAY

6 (Sunday): Halifax Home 3pm

13 (Sunday): Batley Bulldogs Away 3pm

20 (Sunday): York City Knights Home 3pm

27 (Sunday): Hunslet Hawks Away 3.30pm

JUNE

10 (Sunday): Dewsbury Rams Home 3pm

22 (Friday): Leigh Centurions Away 7.30pm

28 (Thursday): Halifax Away 7.30pm

JULY

12 (Thursday): Hunslet Hawks Home 7.30pm

22 (Sunday): Batley Bulldogs Home 3pm

AUGUST

3 (Friday): York City Knights Away 8pm

12 (Sunday): Swinton Home 3pm

17 (Friday): Sheffield Eagles Away 7.30pm

SEPTEMBER

2 (Sunday) Keighley Cougars Home 3pm