Maitu could make debut against Leigh

The new-look Big Fella's Stadium in Featherstone awaits Leigh on Sunday
The new-look Big Fella's Stadium in Featherstone awaits Leigh on Sunday

FORMER Australia and Samoa Test player Reni Maitua could make his Featherstone Rovers debut in Sunday’s home match against unbeaten Championship leaders Leigh Centurions.

Rovers coach Andy Hay hopes the 32-year-old back-rower, signed from NRL club Canterbury Bulldogs, will arrive in time to face the Centurions.

“We’ve provisionally booked flights for him on Thursday and Friday,” said Hay. “If he gets here in time and we think he’s ready to play, there is a strong possibility he could be in the team on Sunday.”

Rovers are hoping to build on last Sunday’s 24-12 victory at Halifax when they face Leigh in a repeat of last season’s Championship Grand Final.

“Leigh were the best team in the competition last year and it’s another tough fixture for us on Sunday,” said Hay.

“They haven’t lost a game yet and they put the cleaners through Doncaster last Sunday.

“We know what to expect from Leigh. They will be as good, if not better, than Bradford. They are a quality outfit and they’ve added some good players from last year as well.”