Halifax v Featherstone Rovers: No room for error as Rovers look to pull clear of top-four rivals

Featherstone Rovers' head coach,  John Duffy.
Featherstone Rovers' head coach, John Duffy.

THE NEXT month will make or break Featherstone Rovers’ season.

Rovers are third in the Betfred Championship with four games to play until the start of the eights.

We are getting better each week since we had that bad month and we are in a good place at the minute. You can see the confidence back in the players.

John Duffy

They visit fourth-placed Halifax, who are just one point behind, tomorrow (3pm) and their fixtures after that are away to second-bottom Swinton Lions, home against fifth-placed London Broncos - who are two points behind with a better for and against - and in Canada to play league leaders Toronto Wolfpack.

It is in Rovers’ hands, but the race for places in the top-four - and qualification for the Super-8s against Betfred Super League’s bottom quartet - is so tight they can’t afford any slip-ups.

Victory tomorrow could give Rovers some breathing space, particularly with London visiting second-placed Toulouse Olympique today, but coach John Duffy insisted they have to treat every game the same.

Rovers have not lost since Halifax inflicted a 24-18 defeat at May’s Summer Bash.

In their four wins since then Featherstone have scored 214 points and conceded only 32.

All those were against teams in the bottom half of the table, but Duffy stressed: “Nothing changes.

“The opposition is a lot different to the last few weeks, but every game is the same in terms of motivation.

“The opposition is a lot stronger, they are well-coached and playing well at the minute, but I think we are playing well as well.

“We are getting better each week since we had that bad month and we are in a good place at the minute.

“You can see the confidence back in the players.”

Duffy said Rovers are not wasting time studying the league ladder or worrying about results elsewhere.

“We have got to concentrate on Halifax and make sure we get the win,” he insisted.

“We’ve just got to look after ourselves, we can’t look at the table too much.”

And Duffy is not daunted by Rovers’ tough run-in, feeling it will be good preparation for the Qualifiers if they get that far.

“It’s good for us,” he stressed.

“If we get to where we want to be it will stand us in good stead for the next set of fixtures.”