Sunday 19th May 2013  Cougar Park  Kick Off: 15:00:00

Keighley Cougars Squad

Batley Bulldogs Squad

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March - We need to be more ruthless

Keighley Cougars coach Paul March is calling for a more ruthless approach from his side ahead of Sunday's Northern Rail Cup tie with Batley Bulldogs.

Keighley, who lost 42-10 against Batley in the first league game of the season, lost 18-10 against Dewsbury Rams last week.

March said: "If we'd have taken our opportunities, it would've been a different game."

Batley coach John Kear will be without Miles Greenwood, while Paul Mennell will be assessed on Thursday after missing Tuesday's training session through illness.

Greenwood is facing four weeks on the sidelines after undergoing a knee operation.

Kear said: "Without our partnership with Huddersfield, and the medical care that involves, he'd have probably missed the majority of the season - but now he'll be back for the business end. I'm absolutely delighted."

On Keighley, Kear added: "Knockout rugby excites everybody. There's no tomorrow without a today.

"You've got to go out and play really well."

He continued: "You'd expect a team to develop as a season goes on and Keighley certainly have done. They've markedly improved.

"I watched their game against Dewsbury and they were very good in the first half. They're a better team than earlier in the year, but so are we."