Featherstone will embrace the underdogs tag tonight, says coach John Duffy

Featherstone coach John Duffy is hopeful his side can make the most of a golden opportunity to reach the Challenge Cup quarter-finals tonight – when they face reigning holders Hull FC.

Rovers are massive underdogs heading into the televised last 16 tie – but Duffy believes that could yet bring the best out of his side in front of a bumper crowd against Lee Radford’s side.

“There is no pressure on us but we have put ourselves under the pump because we underperformed last weekend,” Duffy insisted.

“It is going to be a massive test for us, there is no doubt about that, but we have to go out there and give it everything – and enjoy the occasion.

“I think we can have a dig and there are some players taking to the field tonight who haven’t done so for a while and have a fair bit to prove.”

Duffy is also hopeful that the club’s recent progression both on and off the field will be showcased in a positive light tonight.

He said: “Hopefully, those players will take their opportunities with both hands as we go up against some of the best players in the country.

“We have some very hungry individuals in our camp and they are all relishing the chance to play in what is a huge game – on home soil – in front of the Sky cameras.

“The club has been doing some great things off the field to promote the fixture, so it would be great to see a strong crowd turn out and show their support for both teams tonight.”