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Dewsbury Rams v Wigan Warriors preview

3rd of April 2014
Dewsbury Rams v Wigan Warriors preview

Match Preview and Squad announcement


Wigan need to "earn" Cup win

Dewsbury coach Glenn Morrison says Tetley's Challenge Cup holders Wigan will have to earn their right of passage into the last 16 when they take on his team of part-timers on Friday night.

Morrison insists the 500-1 outsiders are not there simply to make up the numbers and will be trying to make life as uncomfortable as possible for the 7-2 favourites in the David and Goliath fourth-round tie at the Tetley's Stadium.

"It's massive for the club, especially for the players," said Morrison, who was recently short-listed for the role of New Zealand head coach.

"We've got some young boys who have aspirations to play Super League and they've a chance to test themselves against one of the best teams in the world. It's going to be exciting to see how they go.

"Getting this draw has been perfect for us. It's brought a lot of publicity for the club and we're hoping for a 3,500 crowd.

"It's like a Cup final for us and the players will go out there determined to do themselves proud.

"We've nothing to lose. They hold the trophy and they'll want to hang onto it.

"We'll go out there and make sure they earn their right to go through to the next round.

"We're not there to make up the numbers but we're realistic. We'll make sure they know they've been in the game."

Having undergone a scare at Dewsbury's Championship rivals Featherstone two years ago, Wane is determined not to take the Rams lightly.

"We're going to a place where some of our players have never played," Wane said. "It's a new challenge.

"It's only very small, which suits them very much because they've got a big set of middles.

"We need to have a different game plan but I'm very confident with the way we play and the way we defend, that if we run hard, we'll get the win."

Wigan have England hooker Michael McIlorum back from suspension for the start of their trophy defence but Australian full-back Matty Bowen must wait to make his Challenge Cup debut after Wane opted to rest him.

Ryan Hampshire will take Bowen's spot while former Wigan pair Karl Pryce and Wayne Godwin are expected to line up for Dewsbury, alongside second rower Lucas Walshaw, who was in the Wakefield side that lost to the Warriors in the third round of Super League a month ago.

Walshaw, who is on loan to the Rams, made a surprise appearance in last Sunday's Championship win over Workington, just a week after biting off the end of his tongue in a clash of heads.

The 21-year-old had been expected to be sidelined for at least a fortnight after being admitted to hospital and undergoing surgery to sew back his severed tongue.

"I didn't expect him to play last week but he passed his head test and wanted to play," Morrison said. "He's a tough kid."


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