Rovers are at full strength for Rams trip

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FEATHERSTONE will be back to full strength for tomorrow’s (Sunday) Co-operative Championship clash against Dewsbury Rams at Tetley’s Stadium.

Tim Spears (pictured) has completed a two-match suspension and Andy Kain, Greg Worthington, Matty Dale, Mick Haley, Jon Grayshon and Dominic Maloney are all available after being rested for last weekend’s Challenge Cup tie against amateurs Hunslet Old Boys.

“We will have everyone available. It’s down to selection from myself and obviously I need to get that right,” said Rovers coach Daryl Powell who expects a tough test against the Rams who, like Featherstone, have won their first two league matches .

“Dewsbury have started the season really well and it’s going to be difficult for us on Sunday,” he said.

“It’s a tight pitch and Dewsbury are a pretty physical team so we are going to have to be tough and aggressive.

“Dewsbury are playing with a fair bit of width in their game at the moment from the matches I’ve seen so they will certainly challenge us. We will need to step up.”

Rovers beat Dewsbury 38-6 at Bigfellas Stadium in the Northern Rail Cup group stages in February but Powell does not believe that will have any bearing on this weekend’s match.

“That game doesn’t count for anything. We are away from home so it’s different from that perspective and Dewsbury are a fair challenge at the moment,” he said.

“They look like they are playing really well. I saw them play against Swinton recently and they put Swinton under a lot of pressure on the edges with the width they put on their game. They make you defend two and three times as an individual so the players under pressure and we need to be able to handle that.

“The Dewsbury pack is really hard-working and pretty tough and it will come at you for the full 80 minutes. I think they are a pretty tidy side at the moment.”

Powell does not believe Rovers will be distracted by next month’s Challenge cup match against Castleford Tigers.

“I don’t think the cup game will be a distraction. We break our season down in a certain way and it fits pretty neatily into where the cup is at the moment,” he said.

“It is very important we stay focused on the league games in front of us.

“We are keeping people fresh and there’s quite a lot of players who are playing well at the moment. ”

Rovers skipper Stuart Dickens is set to make his 400th appearance for the club in tomorrow’s game.