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Kingstone Press Championship - Round 6

Which game are you most looking forward to?   26 members have voted

  1. 1. Which game are you most looking forward to?

    • Featherstone Rovers v Keighley Cougars
      6
    • Leigh Centurions v Sheffield Eagles
      6
    • Barrow Raiders v Dewsbury Rams
      3
    • Doncaster v Batley Bulldogs
      5
    • Halifax v Swinton Lions
      2
    • Hunslet Hawks v Whitehaven
      0
    • York City Knights v Workington Town
      4

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Discuss the games here.

Thu 7 Mar: Featherstone Rovers v Keighley Cougars - KO 7.30pm (Premier Sports)

Fri 8 Mar: Leigh Centurions v Sheffield Eagles - KO 7.30pm

Sun 10 Mar: Barrow Raiders v Dewsbury Rams - KO 3pm

Sun 10 Mar: Doncaster v Batley Bulldogs - KO 3pm

Sun 10 Mar: Halifax v Swinton Lions - KO 3pm

Sun 10 Mar: Hunslet Hawks v Whitehaven - KO 3pm

Sun 10 Mar: York City Knights v Workington Town - KO 3pm

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PREVIEW

Featherstone Rovers v Keighley Cougars (7.30pm Premier Sports)

Jack Bussey will definitely feature for Featherstone Rovers, coach Daryl Powell has confirmed.

But Michael Haley is still two weeks away from a return to first team action, while Sam Smeaton is hoping to make his comeback in April.

Rovers maintained their 100 per cent record with a 45-18 win at Whitehaven last week, but Powell believes there is plenty more to come from his squad.

Powell said: “We’re winning games, but at the moment we’re not playing as well as we can.

“There is some work to be done, but you’d expect that when we’re only five games into the season. We’re looking forward to improving.”

Keighley Cougars coach Paul March is boosted by the news that Richard Owen, Johnny Walker and Charlie Martin are all available on dual registration deals from Castleford Tigers.

Cougars have also signed Elliott Cosgrove on a four week loan deal from Dewsbury Rams in an effort to cover Daley Williams’ absence.

March said: “We’re going to go to Featherstone as massive underdogs, but it’s the first time people will see us on Premier Sports this year and we want to put in a good account of ourselves.”

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Thu 7 Mar: Featherstone Rovers v Keighley Cougars - KO 7.30pm (Premier Sports)

Fri 8 Mar: Leigh Centurions v Sheffield Eagles - KO 7.30pm

Sun 10 Mar: Barrow Raiders v Dewsbury Rams - KO 3pm

Sun 10 Mar: Doncaster v Batley Bulldogs - KO 3pm

Sun 10 Mar: Halifax v Swinton Lions - KO 3pm

Sun 10 Mar: Hunslet Hawks v Whitehaven - KO 3pm

Sun 10 Mar: York City Knights v Workington Town - KO 3pm

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Same predictions as tim2 other than I think workington will beat York .

Hoping for the biggest crowd of the season at Fev v Keighley as an offer of £5 entry if you know a season ticket/membership holder has been offered by the club.

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Same predictions as tim2 other than I think workington will beat York .

What he said!!!

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Thu 7 Mar: Featherstone Rovers v Keighley Cougars - KO 7.30pm (Premier Sports)

Fri 8 Mar: Leigh Centurions v Sheffield Eagles - KO 7.30pm

Sun 10 Mar: Barrow Raiders v Dewsbury Rams - KO 3pm

Sun 10 Mar: Doncaster v Batley Bulldogs - KO 3pm

Sun 10 Mar: Halifax v Swinton Lions - KO 3pm

Sun 10 Mar: Hunslet Hawks v Whitehaven - KO 3pm

Sun 10 Mar: York City Knights v Workington Town - KO 3pm

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Friday March 8

Kingstone Press Championship

Leigh Centurions v Sheffield Eagles (7.30pm)

Leigh Centurions coach Paul Rowley has suffered a double blow ahead of Friday’s Kingstone Press Championship clash with Sheffield Eagles.

Experienced forward Martin Aspinwall has been rueld out with a broken toe, while Wigan Warriors have recalled Tom Spencer.

Rowley said: “We’ll be OK, but obviously they’re two quality players and I’d be lying if I said they won’t be missed. However, we’ve got plenty of strong cover.”

Leigh lost at home to Sheffield in last year’s play-offs, but Rowley insists Friday night’s fixture is not a revenge mission.

“On the day they were worthy winners. They deserve the ‘champions’ tag they carry with them this season, and with that tag comes pressure and expectation. It’s our job to try to knock them off.”

Eagles captain Jack Howieson is expected to return to action after missing last week’s 46-14 win over York City Knights with a knee strain. Alex Szostak is also likely to be involved, but Scott Turner will not be risked.

Sunday March 10

Barrow Raiders v Dewsbury Rams (3.00pm)

Barrow Raiders forwards Jamie Butler and Jack Spencer could return from wrist and foot injuries respectively.

Coach Darren Holt said: “They’ve not definites, but they’ve a good chance of playing.”

Ryan Hepworth (broken hand) is definitely missing for Dewsbury Rams, while James Craven is awaiting the results of an x-ray on his foot.

But coach Glenn Morrison insisted: “We’ve got good depth and plenty of talent raring to get their chance. This could be their opportunity to show what they’ve got.”

Morrison added: “This will be a tough game for us. It’s our first really long trip, and we’ve got to get ourselves up there in the right frame of mind. We’ve got to switch on.

“We weren’t quite there against Swinton. We’ve highlighted that and we don’t want a repeat.”

Doncaster v Batley Bulldogs (3.00pm)

Liam Cunningham (shoulder) is expected to miss out for Doncaster, but Chris Spurr could return following his recent shoulder complaint.

Tony Miller’s men are aiming to claim their third win of the season as the perfect antidote to last week’s 42-22 defeat at Hunslet Hawks.

Batley Bulldogs coach John Kear must plan without Mark Applegarth, who broke his forearm during last week’s 18-18 draw with Halifax.

Kear said: “We’re carrying a couple of other knocks as well, and the team will reflect whether those guys have recovered or not.

“I’ve got a good, big squad, and I’m not going to risk anybody with a busy period coming up over Easter.”

Kear admitted to being impressed by how Doncaster have taken to life in the Kingstone Press Championship.

He said: “They’ve adapted really well. In Goulding, Fawcett and Cooke they’ve got three very good playmakers, their forward pack is very strong, and they have a very good kicking game in Cooke and Goulding.

“They’ll be a real challenge, especially at their place, but we’re looking forward to going to the Keepmoat. It’s a great a stadium that lends itself to playing good rugby.”

Halifax v Swinton Lions (3.00pm)

Halifax coach Karl Harrison insists his team will get better after last week’s 18-18 draw at Batley Bulldogs.

Harrison said: “It was a good game of rugby league for a neutral, but we need to learn to close a game out. We were 10 points up with six minutes left and we should be able to finish it from there.

“The players will have learned from that, but we’re still undefeated and not many teams will go to Batley and something.”

Harrison has a number of injury concerns but is keeping secret the identities of those concerned.

Swinton Lions caretaker coach Ian Watson looks set to be without Gavin Bennion (shoulder), while Danny Bridge (concussion) and Brad Dwyer (hip) will also be checked before a final decision is made on the Lions’ squad.

Watson said: “We need to be a little bit smarter in certain areas and make sure we complete with the ball.

“We’re a new team and the players are trying to forge partnerships and build up continuity – and to be fair the relationships are coming on pretty well.”

Hunslet Hawks v Whitehaven (3.00pm)

Tommy Haughey faces a late fitness test on a knee injury sustained during last week’s 42-22 win over Doncaster.

Hunslet Hawks are set to be without David March for another week, but Steve Lewis and Luke Haigh could return to action.

Hawks coach Barry Eaton said: “Last week was very pleasing. We highlighted where we thought Doncaster were weak, and even after a poor start the boys stuck the game plan and got some reward for it.

“We’ll be confident on Sunday, but fully aware of how good Whitehaven are. They’ve a formidable pack and two really good halves. Jamie Rooney is an old head and Cain Southernwood was always highly thought of at Bradford.”

Scott McAvoy is Whiteaven’s biggest doubt, with coach Dave Woods waiting on the results of cheekbone x-rays before making a decision on the centre’s involvement this week.

However, Danny Barker could come back into contention and Rodney Pora is set for his debut as Whitehaven look to bounce back from a 45-18 defeat against Featherstone Rovers.

Woods said: “The boys didn’t deserve that score line. There are little things that we need to brush up on, but you can’t knock the enthusiasm and commitment.

“We just can’t afford to start slowly. We’ll be changing our warm-up and see if that helps us. We need to do something to get out of the blocks and start the game well.”

York City Knights v Workington Town (3.00pm)

Ed Smith should return to Gary Thornton’s York City Knights squad, but Jason Golden, Sam Scott and Simon Brown all look set to be sidelined for Sunday’s Kingstone Press Championship fixture with Workington Town.

James Ford (groin) and Matty Nicholson will also be monitored before Thornton finalises his squad.

Thorton said: “Workington have made a great start. They played pretty well against Sheffield and were unfortunate not to get anything, and they’ve also run Halifax close.

“We know it will be a tough ask, and they’ve got a lot of experience in guys like Ewan Dowes and Peter Lupton.

“Jarrad Stack looks a handful. They’re a big set of players and they’ll give us issues all over the park.”

Graeme Mattinson and Elliott Miller are closing in on their returns, but Town coach Gary Charlton does not expect either to play on Sunday.

Charlton said: “We’re still learning – it doesn’t happen overnight – but we’re more than happy with how we’re going. We’re heading in the right direction.”

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Gosh but Keighley are poor. I'm sure they were better than this last season? And Richard Owen is having a nightmare of a game.

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Keighley need to improve in the second half to avoid a home walk over

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Whey!!! Keighley in, 30 - 4.......comeback on?.......hmmm.....

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46-10 with ten to go.......keighley try chalked off for a flat pass

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owen has prob been the worst player 4 keighley,

fev hav been class as usual. cant wait till they draw a lower sl team in the challenge cup (if they do) can see an upset happening!

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46-10 with ten to go.......keighley try chalked off for a flat pass

I thought that was a bit harsh. Looked ok/borderline at worst.

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I thought that was a bit harsh. Looked ok/borderline at worst.

Yeah that was a try.

I thought Fev played very well, controlled rugby in difficult conditions.

Owens had a nightmare, and keighley should work on their discipline. Hard to do with March for a coach.

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Really enjoyed that one

How bad was Richard Owen, poor lad had a shocker. Think he let the bird he was getting off the crowd get to him

I'd love to know what Paul March said to the ref to warrant a red

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A certain player has tweeted that Fev fans were singing racist chants - if true, it's despicable

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A certain player has tweeted that Fev fans were singing racist chants - if true, it's despicable

I didn't hear anything

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No and I didn't and I was sat at the back of the stand where they were singing.

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A certain player has tweeted that Fev fans were singing racist chants - if true, it's despicable

if you can say cas is a race then fair enough but maybe he needs to put his dummy back in!!

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Cant say i heard anything of that nature myself - a lot were singing christmas songs to owen

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Only one I heard that was a bit naughty (and funny) was singing Jingle Bells to Richard Owen

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Maybe chanting "you fat B'stard" at Paul March as he was leaving the field in disgrace was mis-heard?

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