Briggs set to play at Oldham

Bradford Bulls Photocall 2011 Jan 25th 2011'Kyle Briggs
Bradford Bulls Photocall 2011 Jan 25th 2011'Kyle Briggs
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COACH Daryl Powell says there is a “strong chance” Kyle Briggs will make his second Featherstone debut in tomorrow’s (Sunday) match at Oldham.

The 24-year-old half-back (pictured) has rejoined Featherstone from Bradford Bulls on a one-year loan deal following the recent departure of close-season signing Danny Grimshaw who left Rovers without playing a competitive game.

Briggs is set to make his Rovers return in tomorrow’s opening Northern Rail Cup group match at Whitebank Stadium (3pm).

“There is a strong chance that Kyle Briggs will play on Sunday. He’s likely to be involved in the 17 but I’m not yet absolutely certain whether he will start or be on the bench,” said Powell.

“There are some selection issues and I need to get them right in my own mind. I’m reasonably clear what the team is going to be on Sunday but I still need to look at a few people during the week.”

Rovers are aiming to reach the Northern Rail Cup final for the first time this season and go one better than last year when they suffered an agonising 31-30 semi-final defeat against Halifax in extra time.

On paper, tomorrow’s game at Championship One outfit Oldham is the easiest of Featherstone’s four NRC group matches because their other three games are against fellow Championship clubs Dewsbury, Batley and Halifax.

“We’ve certainly had a go at the Northern Rail Cup and it’s not been through lack of trying,” said Powell.

“We’ve been to two semi-finals in the last three years and been unbelievable close to getting through to the final.

“It’s something we want to have a real go at again and we want to start the season well.

“There are a few tough challenges in there and obviously we want to start well against Oldham and build from there.”