Potts primed for Rovers blockbuster, but warns of other challenges ahead

Gareth Potts
Gareth Potts

Gareth Potts has reminded his Halifax teammates that the race for second place in the Championship will not be settled soley by the result of Sunday’s blockbuster against Featherstone at the Shay (3.0).

Fax currently lead Rovers by a single point after winning 20-17 at North Wales Crusaders and victory on Sunday could take them four points clear with just two games remaining and a huge step closer to the £450,000 prize pot on offer ahead of next year’s league restructure.

But Potts, who was made a series of matchwinning interventions as Fax edged home in Wrexham, is wary of the ramifications of thinking the job will be done with a win over Andy Hay’s side.

“It was scrappy on Sunday; I think some of us had an eye on next week because we know how big it is, but it’s important we remember it’s not just going to come down to one game,” said Potts.

“Even if we beat Featherstone, we still need to go out and beat Doncaster and Barrow to seal it and no one in this league will go away.

“Having said that, it’s going to be massive next week, a really big show for everyone involved with the club.

“The bottom line is that what happened in Wales wasn’t good enough and if we turn up like that, we’ll lose.

“We need to get our own house in order.

“Featherstone are a top side and they will challenge us all over the field and we need to be ready for that.”

Potts, who produced an incredible try-saving tackle at the Racecourse Ground before popping up five minutes from time to snatch the winner, was keen to play down his own heroics.

“As a winger, you’ve got to get there and make those tackles; that’s what you’re expected to do,” he said.

“I managed to get to him and tried to roll him over on the line.

“It’s the same with the try, it was a good kick from Callum Casey on the free play and I’m in the team for my speed; I’m expected to get to those balls and put them down.

“It was one of those days, I was just in the right place at the right time.”

Fax are anticipating their biggest attendance for several years on Sunday, with the Shay’s dining and hospitality packages already sold out.