Featherstone fired up for Rhinos visit

Leeds Rhinos will face a fired up Featherstone Rovers side on Friday night after Jon Sharp’s men defeated Wakefield on Sunday in their latest pre-season game.

Rovers have impressed in the off season as they look to build on their inaugural appearance in the Super 8s Qualifiers in 2016. Featherstone won at Halifax on Boxing Day and had defeated Championship One outfits Hunslet and York in their next two warm up games before stepping up a class against Trinity to run out 28-20 winners at The Big Fellas Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

Former Rhino Richard Moore was named man of the match and fellow new signing Chris Ulugia impressed from the bench, crossing to claim a pair of tries in quick succession whilst dual registration players Jack Ormondroyd and Cory Aston both played from the Rhinos, prop forward Ormondroyd crossing for the first try.

Speaking after the game, coach Sharp told the Featherstone website: “I thought we created a lot of great stuff and I thought we were exciting with the ball. I was delighted with certain individuals. Our new signings have really added something to the team.

“Richard Moore and Chris Ulugia were fantastic and Jack Ormondroyd was strong for us but, on the whole, it was a good overall team performance.

“We looked to recruit players with punch and power and we appear to have achieved what we wanted on that note. We are looking good.

“The result doesn’t mean much to me, we cannot look too much into that at this stage, it is about our performance. It is a pleasing one for the supporters, for sure, so I am happy for them.

“I am just really pleased about the fact we faced a strong Wakefield team and got a great work out. There was a little frustration around the ruck for both teams and we were disappointed to have conceded the amount of penalties we did.

“However, we have got a great deal out of the game. We were tested by a big pack and a talented set of half-backs, who moved the ball well and pressured our edge players.

“Last year the team pretty much picked itself. This year we have a multi-skilled squad, we have come through the friendlies virtually injury-free, and everyone is fighting for positions. We are in a good place going into the new season.”

The Rovers return to action on Friday night, welcoming Leeds Rhinos to Featherstone, with a 7.45pm kick off in both team's final full pre-season game.

Tickets are available now priced at £15 (adults), £10 (concessions) and £5 (juniors) and can be bought in store or online at www.therhinos.co.uk/buytickets.