Pressure is on Sheffield, says Fev coach Andy Hay

Featherstone Rovers coach Andy Hay is looking to stop in-form Sheffield Eagles this Sunday (6.30pm) in their Kingstone Press Championship play-off semi-final this weekend – and insists all the pressure is on their South Yorkshire opponents.

Rovers have had a week’s break after beating Halifax in Week One of the play-offs, and Hay says he will be sticking with the team that have got them this far, as well as stoking the flames by saying the pressure is on Sheffield.

“All the pressure is on Sheffield this Sunday with them winning it the past two years,” said Hay. “I’ll be going with the same team I’ve picked for the past few weeks. We’re good to go.

“They were full of enthusiasm the last time they played here and they put in a good performance. We was a bit off the pace that day but the stakes are high this time and we’ll be looking to make up for that.

“The lads are really enjoying themselves at the moment and we all just want to be at Headingley on October 5.”

Former Sheffield player Hay joined Featherstone Rovers in May 2014 from Salford Red Devils and he has enjoyed his time at the club so far.

“It’s been a great experience for me at this club and the transition over from Salford was smooth,” said Hay.

“The coaching and support staff have been fantastic and there is a real family feel here. We want the best for the club and supporters. Making the final will be the best way to repay them.

“I enjoyed my time with the Eagles and I’m still good friends with Keith Senior who coaches there. I’m sure I’ll get a bit of stick from that side on Sunday but I’m here to do a job and make Featherstone a successful club.”