Rovers ready to ‘take bulls 
by the horns’

Featherstone's Woman's captain Natalie Harrowell & Bradford Bulls' captain Kirsty Moroney with the Woman's Super League trophy.

LEEDS RHINOS and Castleford Tigers are not the only teams preparing for a Grand Final tomorrow.

Featherstone Rovers will face Bradford Bulls at Manchester Regional Arena in the Women’s Super League title decider (noon).

Bulls are the Challenge Cup holders and finished top of the table, winning all their six matches, but Rovers second-row Natalie Harrowell is determined to cap a difficult campaign by helping create an upset.

Rovers were third and pipped hosts Thatto Heath 21-20 in last weekend’s semi-final.

Harrowell – an England international – said: “We’ve had a tough year.

“I had an injury myself and I lost a bit of love for the game.

“It was my second knee injury and it has put me out of the World Cup, so for me personally – and for the team – to get to this Grand Final is huge.

“We have played some games with nine players this year and 11 and we’ve still pulled wins out of the bag.

“To be able to do that with a lot of youngsters and to get to a final like this, it just shows how much the women’s game is growing.

“To be part of a day like this is unbelievable.

“Things like this don’t come along very often, so when they do you have to grab them with both hands.”

Women’s and girls’ rugby league is a booming area of the sport. Rhinos are planning to form a team which could compete in next year’s Super League and Harrowell said: “There’s big set-ups now for girls coming through.

“I didn’t start until I was nearly 16 and to go straight into the women’s game with no rugby experience is tough.

“To be able to play in schools is good. I have got a little one who’s five and she wants to follow in my footsteps already.

“To be able to make that happen is amazing. I encourage girls to get involved.”

She added: “We have played a few games on the main pitch [at Featherstone] and we use some of the facilities and we hope that’s going to build and get bigger.

“We are getting more support from Super League clubs and our Super League is only going to grow now. It has taken a while, but it is happening and it’s exciting times for women’s rugby.”

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