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Featherstone Rovers deserve credit - Stuart Dickens

Stuart Dickens
Dickens has scored four tries this season

Captain Stuart Dickens believes that Featherstone Rovers have not had the credit they deserve this season.

Rovers are eight points clear at the top of the Championship ahead of Thursday night's home match with title rivals Leigh Centurions.

But Dickens told BBC Radio Leeds: "It doesn't seem like we've had much praise at how well we've done this season.

"Every time we beat a team people say it's because we were lucky or that the opposition didn't play well."

Dickens added: "What it means is that it takes a bit of pressure off because we are not getting the credit we deserve for winning.

We know there is still a lot of hard work to be done and hard games left to play

Featherstone Rovers captain Stuart Dickens

"So, although we've been top of the Championship for most of the season, the pressure to keep winning isn't really on us because the publicity and praise hasn't really been put on us."

After 15 league matches the West Yorkshire side have lost just once, having not only scored the most points (517) but conceded the second least (228).

"Clubs like Leigh and Barrow have dominated the headlines this season rather than us, and that's fine by us," Dickens said.

"We are just keeping our heads down and working very hard in training as this is such a tough league.

"We have Leigh on Thursday and if we lose that then it opens things up again.

"So we are not kidding ourselves and think it's all over and the job is done already.

"We know there is still a lot of hard work to be done and hard games left to play."

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