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22/09/13 - KPC Qual SF: Featherstone Rovers v Batley Bulldogs KO 3pm

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Discuss the Kingstone Press Championship Qualifying Semi-Final between Featherstone Rovers v Batley Bulldogs here.

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Nervous about this one, Batley are a good team and Kear will have them well up for this.

 

I guess it will be fairly low scoring and we'd better not go to sleep like we did against Leigh two weeks ago.

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Rovers talisman keen to avoid play-off complacency

By Josh Barrowcliff

Featherstone Rovers captain Liam Finn will not be taking anything for granted when his side take on Batley Bulldogs in a Kingstone Press Championship play-off semi-final at the Big Fellas Stadium on Sunday (3.00pm).
Featherstone secured their fourth consecutive Championship League Leaders’ Shield by ending the regular season in pole position and are aiming for their fourth consecutive Grand Final should they overcome the Bulldogs.
With home advantage, Rovers start as over-whelming favourites but half-back Finn and his team-mates are staying focused.
“This is a knockout game, so form goes out of the window,” said Finn. “Both teams will be playing to their absolute maximum as it’s a game that no-one wants to lose so we know we’ll have to be at our best.
“Hopefully we can remain focused on what’s in front of us and keep up our strong end to the season.
“We’re at home which is good but I don’t think it will make a big difference for us. We know the most important thing is the contest on the field and making sure that we come out on top on the day.
“Sometimes external influences try to put more pressure on you by making it a bigger game, we’ve kept training normal which I think every team tries to do and we’re fully focused on completing the job.”
Responsibility is nothing new to Finn and he says he will not let his status as captain of both club and country, Ireland, get in the way of success with Rovers ahead of Rugby League World Cup 2013.
“At the moment my sole focus is on Featherstone and trying to achieve everything I can with them,” he said.
“Obviously it is a massive honour to lead my country but the job is much easier with the experienced internationals around me. We have a good squad with players hungry to prove themselves at the highest level so hopefully we can convert that into results when the competition starts.
“But that’s all to come, once the season is over I will focus on success with the national squad but until then the only thing on my mind is ensure we can go all the way to the Grand Final.”

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Nice to see the LE get a comment from Batley!

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Kingstone Press Championship Qualifying semi-final

Featherstone Rovers v Batley Bulldogs (3.00pm)


Featherstone Rovers team manager Sean Long is aiming to maintain the club’s unbeaten record against Batley Bulldogs in 2013 when they clash for a third time this year on Sunday afternoon.
Rovers won 18-12 at home in July, backing up a 16-12 victory at Mount Pleasant in May.
Now Long is determined to complete the treble, with a place in the Kingstone Press Championship Grand Final at stake.
Vince Mellars (knee) hopes to return after missing Rovers play-off win over Leigh, while Andy Kain is also expected to feature despite carrying a knock into the Centurions match.
Bulldogs coach John Kear, who is without Johnny Campbell (suspended), insists Batley will be ready despite a grueling golden-point win over Leigh last week.
Kear said: “We’re feeling confident and good about ourselves. We’re playing some good rugby at the moment. We’ll be right, don’t worry.”
He added: “It’s great for the club. I feel really chuffed for all the directors and fans. We’ve just got to dust ourselves down and have a dig.”

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Cant wait for Sunday, always a cracker of a game against Batley. Think the Loud n Proud home crowd will see us through another classic.

Guaranteed to be a cracker as usual against the Bulldogs

 

Featherstone 38-16 Batley

 

First try-Finn

 

M.O.M - Steve Crossley

 

Attendance - 2480

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well done Batley!!

 

I was hoping they would but didn't think they would

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Yes, well done Batley. A Sheffield - Batley final - would you Adam and Eve it! Awaits first comment on potential gate with trepidation.

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Yes, well done Batley. A Sheffield - Batley final - would you Adam and Eve it! Awaits first comment on potential gate with trepidation.

The gate will be the biggest ever...

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batley for super league......

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Whoa whoa whoa. We took just under 2500 fans to Blackpool for the 2010 Northern Rail Final. I'm confident we'll match that next week. The Batley public love the promise of a booze up, even if they fail to appear at our home matches.

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Well done Batley. Great game and great entertainment. Good luck for the final!

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Congrats to Batley, well deserved.  Never gave up and wanted it more than us, we stayed in the changing room 2nd half.

 

Hope they go on to beat Sheffield, might even tag along to support them.

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Surprised that the gate was only 2200.....

Agreed, there seemed to a lot more there than the official figure claims.

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Looking at the playoff crowds in SL, 2200 is similarly low. Playoff football is going to take a few seasons to catch the public's imagination.

The attendance at the final might be a little smaller than usual but both teams won their place there on merit and results on the field and that's the way the chips have fallen. Small attendance or not, let's hope we have a great game and the finals appearances by both clubs galvanise their support. I have the same wish for Rochdale and Oldham.

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