Rams target 'magic' cup run

Rams target 'magic' cup run

THE magic of the Challenge Cup will not be lost on Dewsbury Rams, according to coach Glenn Morrison.

The Tetley’s Stadium chief is taking the competition extremely seriously as his side embark on a round four home tie with Newcastle Thunder on Sunday (3pm).

The sides may play in two different competitions, but none of that will matter when the Rams take on Newcastle at the weekend.

Both coaches, Glenn Morrison and Stanley Gene, have enjoyed illustrious playing careers themselves and the proud history of the cup is not lost on either of them, as they look to get their respective teams in to next week’s fifth round draw.

Former Bradford Bulls and Wakefield Trinity Wildcats star Morrison is expecting a difficult game for his Kingstone Press Championship team against a Newcastle side who have been brought to life by Gene since he took over the reins in 2014.

“It’s been a mixed bag of results for us recently, we played Halifax at the weekend in an extremely tough game and then we travelled to Workington on Wednesday before then facing Newcastle, so it’s going to be a hard week and a real test for us,” said Morrison.

“They are an extremely good and strong side. We played them in a pre-season friendly and I sent our second team and they dealt with them pretty easily. Stan (Stanley Gene) has them playing a good game, we can’t afford to take them lightly.”

Morrison, who also played for Parramatta Eels and the North Queensland Cowboys before making a name for himself in England, says that last year’s defeat by Wigan Warriors in round four has sparked a desire in his side to go one better this year.

“Being an Aussie, when you think of English rugby, you think of the Challenge Cup, you want lower league teams playing the top teams, that’s the magic of it,” said Morrison.

“Playing Wigan last year was fantastic, it was a sell-out crowd and everyone commented on what a good game it was on and off the field. We pushed them for 60 minutes before they took control. The lads really enjoyed it and they want a repeat this time out.”

In a revised format for 2015 Super League clubs have a staggered entry into the Challenge Cup this season, with the bottom four sides entering in round five and the top eight introduced in round six.

This means in order to have a chance to face an elite league giant such as Wigan Warriors again, the Rams will have to win two more rounds than they did last season, when they met Shaun Wane’s side in a fourth-round tie.

Share this post