5th October 2018, 14:12 | championship

Championship Shield & League 1 Promotion Final Preview

Championship Shield & League 1 Promotion Final Preview

Championship Shield Final (Leigh Centurions vs Featherstone Rovers) 

Featherstone Rovers coach John Duffy believes discipline will be key to victory in the Championship Shield final, against Leigh Centurions at LD Nutrition Stadium on Sunday 

“It is not going to be a super play that wins the game, it is going to be some tough rugby with completion that is error free, and we have got to be disciplined as well”  

Featherstone have suffered an injury crisis in recent weeks, and have bolstered their ranks signing Muizz Mustapha, James Barraclough & Tyler Dupree from Leeds Rhinos, with the forwards set to make their debuts in the final. 

Leigh Centurions have suffered similar squad concerns and have themselves been bolstered with seven new signings, arriving in time for the final. 

Sam Grant, James Barran, and Liam Byrne and Ben Kilner have been signed from Wigan, Chris Follin and Kevin Brown have been signed from St Helens, and Jacques O’Neill signed from Castleford. 

Coach Kieran Purtill has said that it will be a debut to remember for the youngsters, who are all aged 19. 

“Not many players can say they made their senior debut in a final in a cup final but each of the lads will be able to re-count this to their grand-children in 50 years’ time. 

League One Promotion Final (Bradford Bulls vs Workington Town)

John Kear is waiting on the fitness of Tuoyo Egodo for the final, with the centre suffering a hamstring injury in the 47-0 Semi-Final win over Oldham. 

“He’s at Castleford being treated by England physio Matty Crowther. He’s in daily contact and I’m certain if anybody can get ‘T’ fit for such a game, then Matty can.”

The Bulls come into the final having finished in second place, and will be firm favourites to secure an immediate return to the Championship.  

Coach Leon Pryce has said he can “retire happy” with a win in the Promotion Final against Bradford Bulls at Odsal on Sunday. 

Pryce said the whole club is joining their preparations for the final, which would secure a return to the Championship for the first time since 2016. 

“The clubs, the players and the fans, myself and everyone are all on a big high, there’s a real buzz”

“It has made the journey up to training this week much easier and our preparations a lot easier – just getting to the final is massive for the club”

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