Kingstone Press League 1 Preview: London Skolars v Keighley Cougars

This will be London Skolars’ second game in three days.

Coach Jermaine Coleman said: “It will be interesting for all involved. It’s the first time for a while we’ve had an ‘Easter programme’ of playing on Friday and Monday.

“It’s not something that many of the players in the squad will have experienced. The recovery and rehab after the game on Friday night will be interesting.

“I won’t know until after the game on Friday whether we need to come in on Sunday and do something or whether we go straight into Monday.”

This game is the re-arranged fixture following the sad death of Cougars’ player Danny Jones who fell ill during the game in May.

“I think it’s going to be a difficult occasion for everyone involved with what happened the last time we played,” said Coleman.

Keighley Cougars have developed a habit of winning tight games with their 10-8 victory at Rochdale Hornets being the latest example.

Coach Paul March said: “We’ve been in a couple of tight games in the last couple of weeks and I think that’s what just edged it over there.

“The weather didn’t help either team; sunshine for the first 15/20 minutes and then heavy rain. We adapted to the conditions and still tried to play a bit of football. I’m happy with the two points.

“They had a chance to snatch a draw at the death, which would have put us in the same position we are in now where if we win all our games, we finish second. I’m just happy that we’re still on a winning run going into these last games.

“This weekend’s game is going to be an emotional time, not just for my players but their players as well. We’ve got the same referee as well and he’ll know what the players are feeling, which for me is a good move by the RFL.

“It’s going to be a tough game but I’ve got a full-strength squad to pick from this week apart from Jode Sheriffe and Sean Kelly.”

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