Two international greats face each other as coaches for the first time tomorrow when Daryl Powell takes his Featherstone Rovers side to Garry Schofield’s Barrow Raiders.
The pair, who amassed 79 caps between them, were Great Britain team-mates in the 1990s but are now fully immersed in their management roles as they plot their way through the Northern Rail Cup.
Schofield said: “Daryl’s turned Featherstone around and he was very unlucky not to win last year’s Championship Grand Final.
“Rovers play very good, attacking rugby league and it will show us how good we are.
“If anybody’s not watching Super League this weekend then they should come to Craven Park because they’ll see a great game.”
Barrow should give debuts to Huddersfield Giants’ Joe Wardle, Greg McNally and Adam Walker who have signed on dual-registration deals but are without Brett McDermott who starts a six-game suspension – two for punching against York and another four after stamping in the same fixture.
Featherstone will look to Ireland World Cup star Liam Finn to unpick the Cumbrians’ defence.
The scrum-half received the Northern Rail player of the round accolade for his accomplished display in defeating York on Sunday.
“Liam’s been put under big pressure this year by opposition teams and to play like he did just shows how good he really is,” enthused Powell.