Featherstone Rovers turn attention back to promotion bid after Challenge Cup exit

FEATHERSTONE ROVERS were knocked out of the Challenge Cup by Hull FC last weekend, but the competition was never the club's priority in 2021 insists head coach James Webster.

Thursday, 15th April 2021, 11:45 am
Brett Ferres scores for Featherstone Rovers against Hull FC in the Challenge Cup on Saturday night. Picture: Dec Hayes Photography.

Rovers return to Championship action on Sunday at Swinton Lions, looking to make it two wins from two in league competition.

Featherstone's focus this year is to earn promotion to Super League but Webster hopes his players will use last week's Cup defeat as motivation when they travel to face Swinton.

“There is some dented pride and some realisation of where we are," said Webster following a 34-14 defeat against the Black and Whites.

“But we live to fight another day. As much as we love the Challenge Cup, it was never our main goal.

“The league is and that it starts again for us this week.”

Rovers were 34-4 down at half time in their Cup clash last week, after taking a shock lead in the first minute.

They were much improved in the second half and Webster hopes to see that performance level more often as the season progresses.

He added: “In the second half, we won 10-0. We looked like more of a team in the second half, we had heaps of positives.

“If we can play like that for longer periods, then we have got it in us.

“Hopefully today is a good lesson for us on what we need to do.”