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  • Fourth Round
  • 4th Apr 2014
  • KO 20:00
  • Att: 3,054

Tetley's Challenge Cup: Dewsbury Rams v Wigan Warriors

Last updated: 3rd April 2014  


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Part-timers Dewsbury Rams will be out to upset the odds on Friday when they tackle Challenge Cup holders Wigan Warriors in the fourth round at Tetley's Stadium.

The Rams are 500-1 outsiders to lift the trophy against Shaun Wane's men, who toppled Hull FC 16-0 in last year's final at Wembley.

Wigan left it late to secure a 22-16 win over Catalan Dragons, however, two-try hero Matty Bowen will play no part after being rested.

Wane, who welcomes back hooker Michael McIlorum after suspension, has opted to leave out the experienced Australian full-back in favour of Ryan Hampshire.

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

Former Warriors

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.

"It's massive for the club, especially for the players," said Rams head coach Glenn 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.

"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."

Dewsbury Rams: Sheriff, Morton, Pryce, Grady, Scott, Hemingway, Thackeray, Nash, Godwin, Hepworth, Spicer, Hale, Brown, Wright, Gallagher, Haggerty, Hyde, Aizue, Walshaw.

Wigan Warriors: Bateman, Burgess, Charnley, Clubb, Dudson, L. Farrell, Flower, Gelling, Green, Hampshire, James, McIlorum, O'Loughlin, Pettybourne, Sarginson, Smith, Taylor, Thornley, Williams.

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