Powell pleased with new recruits

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FEATHERSTONE coach Daryl Powell was pleased with the performances of new signings Tangi Ropati and Danny Grimshaw in Sunday’s 20-12 win against Hull Kingston Rovers.

Former Widnes Vikings and Sheffield Eagles centre Ropati (pictured) made a try-scoring debut and ex-Hunslet Hawks stand-off Grimshaw got on the scoresheet for the second successive game.

“It was Tangi’s first run out for a while. He ‘s only been training with us for a couple of weeks so I was pretty pleased with him,” said Powell.

“He’s stong and quick and the more he gets into the way we play and understanding of players around him then he will grow even further from what we saw at the weekend.

“He’s pretty flexible where he can slot in positionally. We’ll give him a couple of opportunties to play in different positions in the pre-season games we’ve got coming up. He certainly adds to the squad in terms of the positions he can play and the quality that he gives us.

“Danny knows his way to the try line. He is pretty quick and aggressive when he carries the ball. We are working with him on the moment on his pass selection and developing his game but when he puts his foot down to carry at the line he’s a threat to any defence.

“I think Danny played in a slightly different system last season at Hunslet so he’s just getting used to the way we play and building combinations with the people around him. That’s why we play pre-season games and they’ve been great to date in helping our new players understand the way we play.”

Powell was also delighted with the displays of the young players against Hull KR.

He said: “All the young players handled the step up in level pretty well.

“Obviously, Hull KR had a number of young players out there as well but when you compare the two I don’t think there was much difference so it’s pretty pleasing from our point of view.”

Forward Anthony England, a close-season signing from Dewsbury Rams, saw a specialist on Wednesday about a troublesome groin injury. He may need an operation.

Featherstone’s other new signing Dominic Maloney, the ex-Halifax prop, is due to arrive back in England shortly from Australia.

Featherstone’s popular hospitality package will again be available at Sunday’s game against Bradford Bulls when the bar will open at 1pm to show the live Newcastle United-Queens Park Rangers Premier League match on TV.

For £20 adults, £15 concessions and £7 children, which includes entrance to the game, fans can have hot beef baguettes, chips and gravy at approximately 2pm.

To book a place contact Paul Taylor on 01977-702386 or 07584684329 or email paul.taylor@featherstonerovers.net

Rovers have announced that 2and7 Limited will continue their sponsorship deal with the club. The Derbyshire based provider of information and technology systems has agreed to sponsor head coach Powell and again feature on his match day clothing as well as being a player position sponsor. They will also have advertisements in the club’s official match day magazine.

Ged Connolly-Thompson, managing director of 2and7, said: “We are proud to be a part of the on-going development and success of Featherstone Rovers.

“In addition to our sponsorship packages, we are also working with the club to develop a number of innovative products and services which will be launched in due course.”

Rovers commercial manager Paul Taylor said “2and7 Limited had great exposure last season being associated with Daryl and we are really pleased that not only have they renewed the deal but have made a commitment to further support the club.

“The agreement will allow Featherstone Rovers to utilise 2and7 Limited’s expertise to develop a number of exciting services that will mean that we can interact more efficiently with our loyal supporters.

Powell said “ I am delighted that a quality company like 2and7 Limited have decided to again sponsor both myself and the club for the coming season. We have a great working relationship with Ged and his company which I am sure will enhance both the Rovers and the 2and7 brands over the next year and beyond.”

Meanwhile, Featherstone Rovers Independent Supporters Association (FRISA) are currently developing fund -raising ideas for the forthcoming season. They are already planning a new ‘spread and save’ campaign which kicks off at next month’s Northern Rail Cup matches. Last season’s campaign raised just short of £900.

A recent addition to the fund raising ideas has been a link up with Music Magpie in which DVDs can be dropped off at the club shop. A box has already been placed in the club shop.

A supermarket bag fill is also planned for Morrisons, Knottingley, in April.

Latest £500 Rovers lottery winners are S Smith (S6778), D Johnson (D2692), C Smith (N6321), C Moore (K3201), J Hynes (B1604).