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Toulouse Olympique v Featherstone Rovers: French test is no bigger than any other game insists Duffy

Featherstone Rovers' Luke Briscoe. 'Picture: Jonathan Gawthorpe
Featherstone Rovers' Luke Briscoe. 'Picture: Jonathan Gawthorpe

IT HAS come to Le Crunch, but Featherstone Rovers coach John Duffy is keeping today’s game in perspective.

Second-placed Featherstone are away to Toulouse Olympique, who are third, in what is considered a massive Betfred Championship showdown (5pm UK time).

However, Duffy insisted: “Every game is key for us.

“We have got some big games coming up, every game is massive and this is no different to any other.

“We are expecting a lot thrown at us. Jonathan Ford is back for them and he is a major player in their team.

“We have worked hard to try and nullify that and the threats they have.”

Rovers are in good form and crushed Batley Bulldogs 50-12 six days ago.

“I was really happy last week,” Duffy said.

“It was probably the first one when we’ve put together 60-70 minutes of good rugby.

“If we want to be a good side we’ve got to back up that up and keep moving forward.”

Rovers’ former Leeds Rhinos winger Luke Briscoe could set a new post-war record today, if he scores a try for a 16th successive game. He equalled Martin Offiah’s modern record last week and is one short of the best-ever scoring run, set by Leeds’ Eric Harris in 1935-36.

Duffy said: “We have not mentioned it.

“We just want him to play his natural game and if he does things will happen for him.”