Featherstone Rovers braced for tough test at Sheffield Eagles

SHEFFIELD EAGLES’ have endured patchy form this season but Featherstone Rovers head coach James Webster is preparing for them to be the best version of themselves on Sunday.

Thursday, 20th May 2021, 1:00 pm
Featherstone Rovers defeated Oldham on Monday night as they now prepare to face Sheffield Eagles on Sunday. Picture: Dec Hayes Photography.

The sides go head-to-head at Doncaster’s Keepmoat Stadium this weekend, with Rovers aiming to extend their winning run in the Championship to six games.

Featherstone treated their returning fans to a thumping 12-try win over Oldham on Monday night while the Eagles have not played since a 30-18 defeat to Batley Bulldogs on May 7.

At the start of the campaign, Mark Aston’s side recorded wins over Bradford Bulls and York City Knights while losing to Newcastle Thunder and drawing with London Broncos.

“Sheffield have been really good. They played really well against York and put them away, everyone saw how much trouble we had containing York at times,” said Webster.

“They are a good side. I doubt Anthony Thackeray will be playing, which is a big loss for them.

“It is going to be another tough task for us. They have played some tough teams and done really well. We always prepare for the best a team can throw at you. Any team coached by Mark Aston is going to be at the top of their game.”

Dane Chisholm is likely to be deployed at full-back again after an impressive display in the position against Oldham.

He scored with the first possession of the ball on Monday night as Webster explained: “It is fluid, things can change quickly. Injuries and suspensions can change things like that. At the moment, it has worked really well for us.

“There is no reason to change it at the moment and we will go that way again this week. We have got a good squad but we know people won’t play every week in the same spot due to injuries or having to rotate people around.”