Swinton v Workington preview.
Swinton dealt l'Anson injury blow
Swinton Lions coach Steve McCormack has been dealt an early blow with the news that Chaz I'Anson faces up to three weeks on the sidelines with a broken thumb.
But McCormack's focus remains on starting well against newly promoted Workington Town in Sunday's Championship clash.
McCormack said: "It's down to business and there are never any easy games in this competition.
"There's no settling in period where you can get a few games under your belt and work on a few combinations.
"It's straight into the firing line and that makes it even more exciting."
Town travel without Graeme Mattinson, Dan Rooney, Jarrad Stack and Elliott Miller, who are all recovering from off-season surgery.
Workington coach Gary Charlton said: "Coming into the Championship is a big step-up, and a lot of our boys haven't played at this standard week-in, week-out, but they're looking forward to it.
"It's all about the speed of things in this division. We've got a tough bunch of lads and the physical side of it won't bother them."