Featherstone are determined to enjoy themselves in Sunday’s Kingstone Press Championship Grand Final against Leigh at Headingley.
Rovers coach Andy Hay believes his side are under no pressure against the Centurions so they can go and enjoy the occasion with their army of fans – but he warned Leigh that Fev were not going “just to make up the numbers”.
“It’s obviously going to be another tough game,” said Hay. “We’re up against the team that’s been the best in the competition all year and we know it’s going to be another big effort needed form us to be competitive.
“We’re not over-confident, but we’re quietly confident we can perform better than we did last time against Leigh and build on the Sheffield win.
“They have had a great season and they go into the game as massive favourites so there’s no pressure on us. We can just go and enjoy the occasion of a Championship Grand Final.
“We probably got written off for making it earlier in the season, but we’re there, one more win and we will have had a great season.
“We’re going in it to enjoy the occasion, but we’re not going there just to make up the numbers. We’re going there to get stuck into a good side.”
Hay has respect for Leigh’s achievements so far this year and believes they have big threats throughout their team.
He said: “They are strong all over the field, they’ve got some good half-backs, they’ve got pace out wide and probably the biggest forward pack in the league so we’ve got to be on our game.
“We’ve got to match them in the forwards first and foremost. When we played them over there it was a tough battle in the middle. We’ve got to match them with our kicking game then and defensively across the field we’ve got to be on our game because they test you.
“We need to test them and I think that if we are good, come up with a team effort and are focused on what we’re doing we’re in with a chance.
“I think we are confident. We had a good game against Halifax, had a week off and prepared well for Sheffield. There were quite a few nerves around the camp for that game and I think it’s a good thing. It will be the same against Leigh, we know they are a good side and we’ve got to be on our best to even compete with them.
“On the day it comes down to who is the most enthusiastic, who does their job well and who’s there fighting at the end.
“It’s a one-off game now. We’ve risen to the occasion in a couple of big games recently and we need to do it again.”