It’s not a glamour tie but there’s a lot to lose when Sheffield Eagles meet Dewsbury Rams in the Tetley’s Challenge Cup, writes James Collins.
The fourth round clash has a real edge with the prize for the winner the chance of a money-making draw with a Super League club.
Eagles will go into the game as favourites against a Rams team that has lost its last five Championship games.
The Eagles cruised through the last round scoring a club record 112 points against amateurs Leigh East but coach Mark Aston says this will be a very different game.
“Dewsbury will be a tougher test - they will come here with all guns blazing,” he said.
“We have a job to do on Saturday afternoon and we’re delighted that it’s Dewsbury.
“We will be respectful but you want a team that you can beat to move on in the Cup.”
The Rams beat amateurs Myton Warriors 56-4 in the last round but coach Glenn Morrison said: “It’s probably not the best draw (against the Eagles).
“We would rather have drawn a Super League team or a lesser side to get through to the next round pretty easily.”
Morrison will be without the dual registration players he has relied on to boost the squad.
The game at Don Valley Stadium is a rare Saturday (3pm)outing for the Eagles. All Cup games are pay on the gate.
It could be prop Jack Howieson’s last game for a spell with a decision to be taken on knee surgery to cure a niggling problem.
Patch Walker and Dominic Brambani will be facing their old club. Both scored tries as the Eagles outclassed newly promoted Barrow Raiders in the league.
Menzie Yere and Joe Hirst scored tries in an untidy first half but Barrow drew level at 12- just before half-time.
It was a sharper Eagles in the second 40 minutes as they outscored the Raiders by six tries to one. Yere got his second soon after the restart with the game’s outstanding player prop Mitch Stringer also getting a double.
Walker, Brambani and Quentin Laulu-Togagae wrapped up the try scoring with Brambani kicking six goals from eight.
Ben Gledhill’s loan spell from Salford Reds has been extended on a week-to-week basis.
Eddie Battye has started training again with the squad after playing in the French league with Villeneuve.