PREVIEW: FEATHERSTONE ROVERS VS SWINTON LIONS

11 August 2019

Here’s the latest preview for the trip to the LD Nutrition Stadium. 

The Lions travel to the LD Nutrition Stadium to face Featherstone Rovers in round 24 of the Betfred Championship.

With just a handful of games left in the season, the Lions travel to Featherstone for the second time this season looking for the result to help cement their 9th placed position.

Here’s the latest preview…

FORM GUIDE

Staurt Littler’s Lions came agonisingly close to the victory at Leigh Sports Village last weekend, with just a Ryan Brierley drop-goal separating the two sides at 31-30.

Matty Ashton again stole the show with four tries, climbing to the top of the try-scoring leaderboard, whilst Mike Butt also crossed for his 250th Swinton point.

The Lions have three wins in the last five games, and a draw at Odsal stadium against Bradford Bulls.

A successful season has seen the Lions look up the table and a win today will help cement a mid-table finish and chase 8th placed Halifax in the Championship table.

Ryan Carr’s Featherstone recently fought out a 25-24 victory over Dewsbury Rams at the Tetley’s Stadium.

The Rovers have four wins in their last five fixtures, with the loss just coming against Toronto Wolfpack in Canada with a close 22-18 scoreline.

HEAD-TO-HEAD

The Lions’ last victory against the Rovers was a 12-10 Championship home win on 28 July, 2013.

Featherstone have won their last eight home meetings with Swinton. The Lions’ last away victory against the Rovers was a 27-14 National League Two play-off win on 24 September, 2006.

The two sides last faced in the Betfred Championship in round 7, with the Rovers claiming a 24-12 victory. Swinton crossed through Gavin Bennion and Matty Ashton on the day.

Featherstone also knocked Swinton out of the Challenge Cup late in March with a 38-14 scoreline.

LEIGH REACTION

TEAM NEWS

Latest signing Deane Meadows is named in the 19-man squad by Head Coach Stuart Littler after penning a deal with the club this week, whilst Samy Kibula also keeps his spot after signing a loan extension.

Craig Mullen, Jake Shorrocks and Harry Smith join on dual-registration from Super League side Wigan Warriors.

LIONS SQUAD VS ROVERS: Ashton, Brickhill, Butt, Fairclough, Gray, Gregson, Halton, Hansen, Hatton, P.Jones, Kenga, Kibula, Lloyd, Meadows, Morris, Mullen, Shorrocks, Smith, Waterworth.

ROVERS SQUAD TO FACE LIONS: Thompson Teteh, Conor Carey, Cameron King, Brad Day, James Lockwood, John Davies, Luke Cooper, James Harrison, Makahesi Makatoa, Jack Render Josh Walters, Jack Ormondroyd, Alex Sutcliffe, Ash Golding, Callum McLelland, Dane Chisholm, Wellington Albert, Connor Jones, Jack Johnson

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