James Webster delighted by how Featherstone Rovers are coping with injury crisis ahead of Bradford Bulls clash

JAMES WEBSTER is delighted with how his Featherstone Rovers’ side are handling their injury crisis as they aim to maintain their 100 per cent start to the Championship campaign.

Friday, 11th June 2021, 11:44 am
Updated Friday, 11th June 2021, 11:46 am
James Webster. Picture: Dec Hayes Photography.

Rovers were missing a host of players for their 1895 Cup semi-final success over Widnes Vikings, with Webster revealing he had just 19 fit players available for the contest.

Hull KR’s Will Dagger and Salford Red Devils’ Darcy Lussick have joined the club on short-term loans this week as Featherstone host Bradford Bulls on Sunday afternoon.

“Last weekend, we didn’t have James Harrison, Brett Ferres, Jack Bussey, Dane Chisholm, Ben Blackmore, Dale Ferguson and Kris Welham,” said Webster.

“They are all people who would be in your first team, if that happened to a lot of other teams, I would be sure they wouldn’t be getting the results we are getting.

"It is why we decided to go with a bigger squad this year. Some of the younger kids that have come in are really good players and it is no surprise they have done well.

“It is a team sport and we knew we would get injuries. Unfortunately it has all come at one stage. Let’s hope we get it over and done with now and that will be it until the end of the year for us.”

Bradford have lost just one league game in 2021 but did suffer a heavy defeat at the hands of Featherstone when the sides met in the Challenge Cup in March.

They will be without half-back Danny Brough on Sunday with the former Super League star set to miss the next 12 to 14 weeks through injury.

Webster added: “Up to now they have been strong without too many injuries. Any team that is at full strength is hard to beat in this league.

“They are going to be a massive test for us this week.”