Featherstone Rovers v Bradford Bulls preview

Featherstone Rovers managed to scrape past a gritty Doncaster side in round two, and coach Andy Hay was more than satisfied that his side came away from South Yorkshire with two points.

“They made it very tough,” he said.

“It was a great performance by us, especially in defence.”

Featherstone return to Post Office Road this weekend, in what will be their first match on the ground in 2015.

Coach Hay is relishing the matchup between his Rovers and James Lowes’ Bulls.

“It’s going to be one big game, especially with it being a West Yorkshire derby,” said Hay.

“We know what to expect from Bradford, they’ve had a great off season and will have prepared well.”

Jack Bussey and Ian Hardman are both back in training and will be vying for selection against Bradford.

James Lowes couldn’t not express his dismay about the Bulls’ first half performance against Whitehaven, which only saw them lead by 10 points to 4.

“We were very poor and we said so at half-time.” said Lowes.

“I didn’t have to give them a roasting.” 

That approach, by Lowes, obviously worked as Bradford ran out 34-4 winners.

“We carried the ball a lot stronger in the second half.” he said. 

Coach Lowes will be hoping his side carries the second half performance against Whitehaven into the match against Featherstone.

Bradford will be without winger Danny Williams and half-back Harry Siejka, as both have been suspended following ruckuses in the clash against Leigh.

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