Rams to face Warrington with up to 14 players missing

Rams to face Warrington with up to 14 players missing

GLENN MORRISON said his Dewsbury side could be missing up to 14 players for their Challenge Cup clash with Warrington Wolves at the Tetley’s Stadium tonight (Fri).

The Rams are in a rich vein of form after wins over Hunslet Hawks and London Broncos, and an impressive performance at home Leigh, but may find things tougher against the Super League outfit.

“They are very physical and a top side and they have a top coach in Tony Smith,” the Rams boss said.

“I have tipped them for past couple of seasons to win the Super League, so we know they’ll throw everything at us.

“But confidence is high at the moment, and it was at this stage last season when we kicked on and built some momentum. Anyone can beat anyone in this competition, and we will give it our best.”

Morrison said his focus is to win every game, and he would keep on rotating his squad, to give the side energy, ahead of a busy period.

The Dewsbury coach said there were fitness concerns over Karl Pryce and Jason Crookes, while Aaron Brown and Anthony Thackray are carrying knocks.

Meanwhile Jason Muranka is away in Serbia on international duty, Brett Seymour and the returning Wayne Godwin are cup-tied, and Tom Hemingway and Kieran Hyde are still missing after picking up injuries in the defeat to Leigh.

Another player that isn’t likely to feature is full-back James Fieldhouse, who came into the side after being out with a long-term injury, and Morrison said he was pleased with the former Halifax man’s performance.

“He did well. He hasn’t done much contact training, and his knee’s a little sore, but we threw him into the deep end and he showed what he can do,” he added.

The Rams have three games in the space of nine days, starting with Warrington. They only have three days to turnaround as they make the trip to Sheffield Eagles on Tuesday night (May 19), and Morrison described that game as “massive” in terms of earning a top four spot.

“Sheffield have no game this weekend, so they get to rest,” he said. “We want to try and get the win but we know they are playing some good footy at the moment.

“They are above us in the league. Not many teams will go there and get the win this season.”

The Eagles have only been defeated four times so far, losing to Hull FC in the cup as well as Leigh, Bradford and Dewsbury in the opening game of the season, which was a 19-10 win for the Rams.

Mark Aston’s team have proven to be a tricky opponent, with Dewsbury unable to return home from South Yorkshire victorious in the last five outings.

• Glenn Morrison confirmed there had been no approach from Salford Red Devils regarding extending Wayne Godwin’s loan deal.

Last week Godwin told rugby newspaper League Weekly he wished to remain with the Super League side.

Morrison said the club were trying to contact Salford about the situation, but he expected the hooker to be back at the Tetley’s Stadium on Monday.



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