Rovers boss Duffy targets London match for first win

John Duffy: "We are good enough to go down there and do a job."
John Duffy: "We are good enough to go down there and do a job."

JOHN DUFFY is confident Featherstone can bounce back from their opening Qualifiers defeat against Leigh Centurions when they visit London Broncos this weekend.

The Rovers boss has targeted Sunday’s game at West Ealing as one to win.

He believes Rovers can beat their fellow Championship club if they learn lessons from the 38-12 loss against Super League club Leigh.

Duffy, who is looking for his first victory since he took over the reins three weeks ago, told the Express: “We had a long video session on Monday night following the Leigh game.

“The lads are a bit gutted and frustrated after watching it back but they are also excited as well because it’s only minor things we need to pick up on and I’m sure we’ll get a result.

“It’s always tough at London after a long journey on a coach but we’ll change things and stop off on the way and do the right things. The lads will be ready once we get there.”

It will the fourth time Featherstone and London have met this season.

Featherstone won 38-18 at LD Nutrition Stadium in April but were hammered 42-16 by the Broncos at the Summer Bash in Blackpool and were then edged out 36-30 at London in June.

The Broncos, who finished second in the Championship for the second year running, started their Qualifiers campaign with a 20-18 defeat at Super League club Catalans Dragons in France last Saturday and Duffy expects a tough battle this weekend.

“London are a fantastic team,” he added.

“For me, they should have won the game at Catalans when I watched it back so it’s going to be a massive ask for us to go there and turn them over but we have some quality in our ranks and we are good enough to go down there and do a job.

“We are looking to improve our attention to detail within our structure.

“Defensively, I thought we had a few lapses in concentration against Leigh.

“We probably had only one good try scored against us that was a structure play by Leigh. The others were just lapses in concentration by individuals. It’s just a case of working on that at training and not switching off.

“Also, we need to look at our attention to detail in our attack as well and make sure each person’s role is nailed within that play.

“We are going to work hard this week to try to get those things right.

“It’s a massive game this week and one we’ve targeted to win so we’ll be going there ready to turn London over. We need to go and win it.

“The lads have been absolutely fantastic at training since I came to the club and their attitude is first class.

“You can tell they are where they are because they’ve got a fantastic work ethic and they really want to make something of the season.”