Championship: Rams and Bulldogs out to build on encouraging cup victories

John Kear.
John Kear.
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BATLEY BULLDOGS and Dewsbury Rams will be looking to build on encouraging Ladbrokes Challenge Cup wins when they return to Kingstone Press Championship action tomorrow (both 3pm).

Bulldogs, who overcame Featherstone Rovers 28-10 a week ago, are at home to Swinton Lions and coach John Kear said: “We got things right which had been wrong for the previous four weeks.

“Easter took a lot out of us and I thought we lacked energy for the two previous games, but against Featherstone we rectified that and played well. Now we have got to maintain that and there’s no reason why we shouldn’t after an eight-day break. We should be fully recovered and fully prepared.”

Rams have fresh injury problems ahead of the trip to Halifax, with Tony Tonks (knee) and Sam Bates (hamstring) ruled out from the team which beat York in the Cup eight days ago. Etu Uaisele and Jason Crookes will both return, but coach Glenn Morrison admitted: “Losing two front-rowers and getting two centres back doesn’t even things out!”

Rams have slipped to eighth, and Morrison stressed: “The next two – Halifax and Sheffield, both away – are big.

“If we win we are back in the mix, but if we don’t we could slip towards the bottom-four.”

Morrison added: “With eight front-rowers out we know Halifax will come hard at us up the middle, but we will do our best, as always.”