Featherstone Rovers have been in a bit of a pickle recently in the Championship.
After tasting defeat for the first time in the second tier against Leigh Centurions a fortnight ago, Featherstone were ready to do battle against the Batley Bulldogs this weekend.
The game was held at the Millennium Stadium rather than the Fox’s Biscuits Stadium which should have really signalled a win for Featherstone if they want to reach Super League.
However, the Bulldogs are no mean walkovers and they proved that exactly today, inflicting a huge 28-20 victory over the promotion hopefuls away from home.
It could prove to be a major twist in the promotion race to the first tier.
Getting into Super League is, of course, the aim of any Championship side going into the season.
For Featherstone and Leigh 2022 has been a head to head race in a bid to make the promised land for 2023 with the likes of Mark Kheirallah and Blake Ferguson making big moves to the respective pair.
And, Rovers and Centurions are not finished there, according to Bradford Bulls reporter The Game Caller.
“We know how competitive Mark Campbell and Derek Beaumont are,” The Game Caller said on Show Me The Money Rugby League podcast.
“It’s like an arms race and we know Featherstone still have another big one to come in and Derek is saying there is still another big one coming from the NRL.”
It remains to be seen who the big names are, but the spending spree of Featherstone and Leigh have ensured that the Championship is a two-horse race as both vie to earn promotion.