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PREVIEW: BRADFORD BULLS (A)

Rovers’ continue their 2020 Betfred Championship campaign following a two week break with a trip to the Tetley’s Stadium, where James Webster’s men face Bradford Bulls on Sunday 16 February, 3:00pm kick-off.

Last weekend’s visit from Storm Ciara resulted in Featherstone’s opening home fixture against Halifax being postponed, meaning a well-rested Rovers side will be going into this Sunday’s fixture against the Bulls.

 RECENT FORM:

Bradford began their season with a home defeat at the hands of the London Broncos in what was a hard battled opening fixture, where the capital-based side edged the score 18-14.

Sunday's hosts endured a tough pre-season campaign, with the Bulls losing four out of their five warm-up matches. The Bulls side then battled hard in their opening game of the 2020 season despite their defeat to London Broncos.

Bradford put up a strong fight against the Broncos with new signing Matty Dawson-Jones making a huge impact in his debut appearance for the Bulls with two tries. However, it wasn’t enough to seal a win for Bradford with London edging the score 18-14.

The Bulls finished their 2019 season in fifth position, just one point behind the Rovers. Bradford have made a number of new signings for their 2020 campaign and John Kear’s side will be looking to build on last year’s table position.

KEY PLAYERS/SIGNINGS:

Following a seven year spent at Salford, Greg Johnson joined John Kear’s side. The winger is one to watch going into this weekend’s fixture. The 30-year-old is fast on the wing and scored 36 tries in his 86 appearances for the Red Devils.

29-year-old Matty Dawson-Jones is bound to make his presence known in the clash this weekend. Dawson-Jones has recently signed a one-year deal with Bradford from Hull FC. In his 87 super league appearances Dawson-Jones has scored 40 tries, the prolific try-scorer was in strong form in the Bull’s defeat to London, scoring twice.

LAST TIME WE MET:

The two sides last met back in May 2019, where Featherstone secured a strong victory over the Bulls at the LD Nutrition Stadium, with the final score board reading 42-4 to the hosts.

Rovers dominated much of the game, however John Kear’s side held a strong defence and came out all guns blazing in the second half with a strong performance from Ethan Ryan putting the Bulls on the scoreboard. However, Dane Chisholm had the final say in the game, rounding off his hat-trick and securing a dominant Featherstone victory against his former Club.

PREVIOUS MEETINGS:

Bradford’s last win against Featherstone was in February 2019 with a narrow one point victory. In the game Featherstone put in a strong performance battling back from 10 points down as Bradford had taken control in the second-half of the game.

Bradford scrum-half, Dane Chisholm, who then signed for the Rovers later in the season, put in a particularly strong performance. With his drop-goal proving decisive in sealing the victory for Bradford Bulls.  

MATCH INFORMATION:

This weekend’s fixture against Bradford Bulls will be one of added importance as the two sides will battle out for the Peter Fox Trophy.

Peter sadly passed away in February last year, aged 85. Both Featherstone Rovers and Bradford Bulls would like to pay tribute to such an important figure in the history of both Clubs.

Rovers won the first Peter Fox Trophy during last season’s emphatic 42-4 victory over the Bulls at the LD Nutrition Stadium.

The two Club’s will alternate in hosting the fixture for the trophy, last year Rovers had the home advantage, so this year the Bulls are the home side in the remembrance fixture, which kicks-off at 3pm on Sunday 16 February at the Tetley's Stadium.

Tickets for the trip to the Tetley’s Stadium are still available to pre-purchase from the Club Superstore, up until 2pm on Saturday 15 February. Remember, Rovers will receive 20% commission on all away ticket sales this season.

#UTR | Grace Pritchard