Rovers coach: We still have fighting chance

Rovers coach Jon Sharp: "Our destiny it still in our own hands although the margins of error are basically nil."
Rovers coach Jon Sharp: "Our destiny it still in our own hands although the margins of error are basically nil."

Featherstone Rovers will aim to keep alive their Kingstone Press Championship top-four bid in Sunday’s home match against bottom team Workington Town.

Coach Jon Sharp believes Rovers still have a ‘fighting chance’ of a top four finish if they win their remaining four games in the regular season.

After facing Workington, Rovers visit Batley Bulldogs and Halifax before hosting Bradford Bulls on July 24.

“We are still in with a fighting chance. It’s not dead and buried and we are not treating it like that at all,” said Sharp.

“With Bradford being beaten last weekend, our destiny it still in our own hands although the margins of error are basically nil.

“We’ve got to win our four games. I think 30 points is probably something you’ll need to get in the top-four.

“There’s some twists and turns left, I’m sure there is.”

Rovers are currently sixth, three points adrift of Batley and Halifax and two points behind Bradford who visit Leigh this Sunday.

Featherstone will be strong favourites against Workington who they hammered 52-6 at Derwent Park in April.

Sharp is looking for a much improved display.

“It’s not about Workington, it’s about us getting back on the horse and playing well,” he added.

“The kicking game needs to improve and we need to cut down on the error rate. That’s the starting point and I think everything else off the back of that, the game will be much easier.”

Sharp will bitterly disappointed with Featherstone’s performance in last Friday’s 35-10 defeat at Sheffield.

Rovers were 12-0 down after 18 minutes and were also disrupted by the loss of centre Michael Channing who was stretchered off after collapsing.

Sharp said: “It was very poor. We got dominated.

“We lost the ruck area. Their forwards got them going and we just couldn’t control it at all.

“Our kicking game was poor and we never had any field position. We didn’t have an opportunity to build pressure.

“To go 12-0 down early on just made it really difficult for us. We were chasing the game and we were frantic at times. We lacked composure.

“I think losing Channing was a factor. It knocked the boys around and it unsettled them.”

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