Championship previews: Saturday fixtures

Whitehaven v Featherstone Rovers (6:30pm)

Looking back on last week’s victory over Batley Bulldogs, Featherstone Rovers coach Jon Sharp said: “I thought it was a really tough, competitive game – both teams did really well. Batley were excellent and followed on from their performance against Leigh. Our mentality was good, we were well-prepared for a battle and they certainly gave it to us.

“It’s a Saturday game up at Whitehaven this week so it’s a quicker turnaround than the players are used to. We’re looking forward to going up there, spending the full day together and playing a night game.”

Forwards Jamie Cording and Colton Roche should both be available this week.

Swinton Lions v Bradford Bulls (7:00pm)

Swinton Lions coach John Duffy remained positive after his side’s 38-18 defeat at London Broncos: “Our completion rate was good and it was a question of staying with them as long as we could,” he said. “It was only our third hit out, if you include our pre-season game, so we can’t be too downhearted but we can’t keep saying ‘what could have been’. We’ve got to be clinical. We had a couple of opportunities to get back into the game early in the second half but we didn’t quite finish them off.

“We’re just going to keep fighting; we want to be niggling teams and making sure we’re in it for 80 minutes. I think the way we play, especially in attack, we’ll cause some damage at points in the season. We’ve got a big game against Bradford on Saturday.”

Scrum-half Matty Beharrell left the field with an ankle injury against the Broncos but is expected to be fit for Saturday.