DEWSBURY RAMS will welcome another Super League club to the Tetley’s Stadium after they drew Warrington Wolves in the sixth round of the Challenge Cup.
Last season Wigan Warriors came to Dewsbury and managed to progress with a 58-6 victory, despite the Rams frustrating Shaun Wane’s side with the score at just 12-0 at half-time.
Rams coach Glenn Morrison said his team was looking forward to the clash.
“It’s great for the players, because they want to play against the best there is and Warrington are certainly that. They’ve got some of the best players in the world, and have a top coach in Tony Smith,” he said.
This weekend Dewsbury travel to the capital to take on London Broncos at The Hive (Sun 3pm) with both teams on 10 points in the Championship table.
The Broncos this week recruited former Great Britain and Bradford boss Brian Noble as a mentor to head coach Andrew Henderson.
London also brought in former Bulls and Wales winger Elliot Kear until the end of the season.
Morrison described the game as “massive” if his team are to compete and reach the top four.
“They are a full-time team and a quality side, and they want to be back in Super League,” Morrison said.
“Our aspirations are to improve on last season, and we’re in an OK position, but not many teams will go down there and pick something up this season, so it’s going to be tough.”
The Rams chief also confirmed that Brett Seymour was in contention to make his first-team debut against the Broncos.
The former NRL player played the first half for the reserves in their loss to Sheffield on Tuesday night.
“Obviously he’s just joined the club, and he needed to know how we play. He looked a little bit lost, but he just needed people running in front of him,” Morrison added.
“He’s in a better way after the reserve game, than he was before it.”
Another half-back who is available to play on Sunday is Matty Wildie, despite Morrison confirming he suffered a nasty cut to his face in training. With the addition of Seymour and players returning from injury, the Dewsbury boss said he faces a selection dilemma, especially in the full-back position.
“Everybody knows that if you perform well, you will get in the team and stay there.
“We have to rotate the squad sometimes, if you look at the top teams in this league, you have to have strength in depth to compete,” he said.
Last weekend Keiran Hyde came back into the side, and helped the Rams beat Hunslet with five conversions and a drop-goal.
“Keiran is doing a great job at full-back. When I first came over here he played there at Wakefield, but he can also play in the halves,” he added. “We have James Fieldhouse and Karl Pryce coming back from injury, but Keiran is a good full-back, so we are fortunate.”
Another player to impress at the South Leeds Stadium was hooker James Delaney, who crossed for his first try for the Rams.
His coach paid tribute to the former Dewsbury Moor player, saying: “He’s doing well, but I don’t want to throw him in the deep end. It’s important for his development, like we did with Joel Farrell last season, that we slowly introduce him into the team. But he’s one for the future.”
Dewsbury secured the lucrative Challenge Cup tie with Warrington after beating Hunslet last Sunday in the fifth round.
The Rams had lost to the Hawks in the league back in March but were too strong for Barry Eaton’s team in the knockout competition.
“We were okay, we played some good footy, and our defence was solid, but we are not building enough pressure,” Morrison said.
“We have not played at our best this season, but we’re getting the wins, so that is pleasing.”
• Rams chairman Mark Sawyer has confirmed the game against eight-time winners Warrington will take place on Friday May 15, with an 8pm kick-off.