Divorty has a point to prove

HALIFAX back rower Ross Divorty admits he will be out to prove a point to Featherstone coach Daryl Powell when the two sides clash at Post Office Road on Sunday.

Divorty, the son of the former Fax loose forward Gary, quit Rovers in the autumn after playing in their Grand Final win over Sheffield last October.

His desire to play in the back row of the pack was a key motivation in his decision to join incoming coach Karl Harrison’s new-look Shay regime, with Powell insisting the Wales international’s future was as a front rower.

“Daryl saw me as a prop, but Karl has given me a chance to play in the back row and that was a big factor in coming here,” said Divorty, who impressed again in last weekend’s Challenge Cup defeat at Leigh as he builds form and fitness following a four month lay off with a fractured vertebrae.

“I’m definitely motivated to show I can play there this weekend, 100 per cent. I’m getting more match awareness and match fitness and it’s coming slowly but surely.

“I’m getting used to the back row position now and hopefully I can have a decent game at the weekend.

“I’m trying to get a bit more speed off the mark and become a bit more explosive, but I think it’s coming.

“I’m sure I’ll get a bit of special attention but I’ll be prepared for that.

“I had a little taste of playing there in the 23s in my first game after the injury and that was interesting, to say the least. This one’s going to be different, with a bigger atmosphere, but I’ll be ready for it.”

And Divorty is sceptical of any suggestion his former club may be vulnerable after their recent Challenge Cup heroics, with last week’s narrow loss to Wigan following hard on the heels of their win over neighbours Castleford.

“I watched the Wigan game and they played really well,” admitted Divorty.

“Swinton didn’t do too badly against them after they beat Cas, but we can’t focus on that.

“Teams can suffer after games like that, but I think they’re two different situations to be honest.

“There was a lot of celebrating after they knocked Cas out and they will be a lot more focused and a lot more prepared for this game than they were when they played Swinton.

“Halifax and Fev is going to be a big game all year, just like it was in the Northern Rail in February.

“I reckon they’ll come out prepared to play and we need to match that.”

Warrington sent their players to prison as part of their preparations for Sunday’s game against Salford.

The first-team squad departed from their regular training regime and were instead put through their paces alongside prisoners at Thorn Cross jail in Warrington, where they were also given talks by in-mates and prison officers.

Wolves football manager Karl Fitzpatrick said the experience took the players out of their comfort zone.

“The visit was very productive in many ways,” he said. “It enabled our players to witness how important it is to be good role models and how easily things can turn bad if they make poor decisions.”

London Broncos have released Australian forward Jarrad Hickey after being unable to find him another club.

The 26-year-old prop joined the Broncos on a 12-month contract from Wakefield last September, but the deal fell through when it was discovered he would have taken the club over their import quota.