Rovers want to end season in ‘right manner’ at London says Sharp

Rovers coach Jon Sharp: "We are a proud group who want finish off in the right manner."
Rovers coach Jon Sharp: "We are a proud group who want finish off in the right manner."

Featherstone will aim to end an outstanding season on a high note when they visit London Broncos on Sunday for their final fixture in the Super 8s Qualifiers.

London have a chance of qualifying for the Million Pound Game. Featherstone, who are bottom of the Middle Eights table without a win, will also have plenty of motivation says coach Jon Sharp.

“We are aware London have a lot to play for but so have we,” he said.

“We are a proud group who want finish off in the right manner and we want to go there and spoil their party.

“It’s going to be tough getting the blokes back up after last Sunday’s match against Hull KR but by the same token it’s the last game and we’ve nothing to save and we just need to get stuck into them.

“We know we can beat them because we’ve beaten them twice this year and we know what we are capable of. We’ve got to go there confident and have some belief.

“We haven’t won a game in the Qualifiers but we should have beaten Leigh, Batley and Hull KR.

“For me, it’s frustrating but it’s also encouraging that in three of the games we’ve played we have been really competitive and had opportunities to win.

“I think that’s something we should all be proud of considering the injury situation we have and the number of blokes we have out training during the week.

“We’ve had heavy losses against Leeds, Huddersfield and Salford but even in those games there were times when there some encouragement in there.

“It was just too difficult and they were too good for us on the day whereas against Leigh, Batley and Hull KR they were all games where we found ourselves in a position to win it or should have won it.

“Credit to London, they’ve been really good in the Middle Eights.

“They’ve had an opportunity to rest players, knowing they’ve been secure in the top-four, and they’ve used a sizeable squad to freshen people up so there’s still a freshness about them but that’s what being in the top four all year does for you. It gives you the opportunity to rotate your squad.”

Sharp wants Featherstone to build on their excellent show in last Sunday’s 32-24 defeat against Hull KR.

He was delighted with his depleted side’s display and the way the pack performed.

“Looking back over the footage of the game, it’s confirmed what I thought. We were excellent and we got some really tough calls,” he said.

“We looked like a team that was getting up to speed with the challenges of playing in the Middle Eights.

“If I’d a choice of picking my starting line-up I’d have Bostock, Mullally and Ormondroyd in there and they probably average around 110 kilos each but I hadn’t got them so I just had to manufacture a different way of playing against a big Hull KR team that would make them have to move around and ultimately fatigue them.

“I thought the plan worked well and the players executed it extremely well. I thought Hull KR were hanging on and out on their feet at the end.

“I think that’s something to do with the way we played and the tactics we employed. I thought we’d got them but we just ran out of time.

“When you look back over the match probably the couple of tries we conceded just before half-time cost us the game.”