Featherstone Rovers v Batley Bulldogs - Visitors will 'fancy their chances' warns head coach James Webster

FEATHERSTONE ROVERS head coach James Webster feels that Batley Bulldogs will “fancy their chances” when the sides lock horns in the Championship tomorrow night.

Thursday, 1st April 2021, 6:00 am
Featherstone Rovers head coach James Webster. Picture: Dec Hayes Photography.

The West Yorkshire rivals did battle in the second round of the Challenge Cup last weekend, with Rovers winning an entertaining and hard-fought contest 30-22.

Featherstone remain the favourites heading into Friday’s Championship opener at Post Office Road but after being pushed all the way by the Bulldogs in the Cup, Webster has warned it will not be a straightforward task.

“We have got Batley again, they are going to fancy their chances to come here and get a result,” said Webster.

“If I was Batley, I would definitely fancy my chances after that [Saturday’s game].

“It is good that the league is starting and that we have qualified for a semi-final.

“We are one game from Wembley now, so we will see what we draw. The league is our focus 100 per cent.”

Batley opened the scoring and led with 15 minutes to play during last weekend’s second-round Cup contest.

Webster praised his side’s ability to grind out the win, despite not being at their best.

He said: “To find a way to win after the rubbish we tossed up is fantastic. We showed a little bit of spirit. We have got to be realistic, you can’t do that all year. I can’t say we deserved to win. It is a good lesson.”

Nu Brown was named man of the match after a fine display at half-back and Webster feels the former NRL player will only get better.

The Rovers head coach added: “He hasn’t had a lot of time with us and he hasn’t played for two years.

“He is a talented player and I will be looking forward to watching him as time goes on.”