The Championship has been an incredibly competitive division this year with some high quality players involved including former Castleford Tigers, Hull FC and Leeds Rhinos man Luke Gale whilst there are also plenty of international players featuring in the division.
Overall it’s seen the level of the division sky rocket with York Knights being a prime example in the Challenge Cup as they marched to the quarter-finals where they almost shocked second place Leigh Leopards.
Whilst there’s a major margin from first to second, with Sean Long’s Featherstone Rovers running away with the League Leaders Shield, the rest of the table is incredibly congested with ten teams having a genuine shot at the playoffs.
Rovers sit ten points clear of 2022’s relegated Super League side Toulouse Olympique, who also happen to be the only team to beat Rovers in the league this season.
Despite that Featherstone have been toppled by another Championship side, with that game coming early on in the Challenge Cup, as Simon Grix’s Halifax Panthers edged out Rovers.
The Panthers currently occupy sixth position but results could see them move up or down on any weekend, such is the close nature of the league.
It’s now been confirmed that Halifax Panthers vs Featherstone Rovers has been rearranged for next week with the game now being played on Sunday 6th August for a 5:30pm kick off.
BREAKING NEWS – FIXTURE REARRANGED 🗓️
We can confirm that our Betfred Championship Round 21 fixture with @FevRoversRLFC at The Shay will now take place on Sunday 6th August 5:30pm KO
The game will be shown live on @ViaplaySportsUK
— Halifax Panthers 🐾 (@HalifaxPanthers) July 28, 2023
With that it means the game will also be shown on Viaplay Sports.
The significance of the game can’t be understated given Fax are one of just two sides to have beaten Featherstone this season and a win would be momentous in their playoff hopes.
On the other hand if Featherstone were to win then it could possibly seal the League Leaders Shield for them, which would be a huge achievement with six games of the season still to go.
For that to happen Rovers would also need to win this week, with a loss for Toulouse in either of their next two tying up the title for Sean Long’s side.