Rugby League: Unpredictable Rams await Eagles in Cup

Sheffield Eagles coach Mark Aston has been left guessing as he plans for the Challenge Cup clash with Dewsbury Rams tomorrow.

The Rams have lost their last five league games and that’s led to frequent team changes by coach Glenn Morrison.

“We don’t know what to expect,” said Aston. “Glenn has changed his team significantly in recent weeks. He’s still looking for the answers.

“They have brought in players this season and it’s going to take a bit of time and they are going to be a bit inconsistent but they started strong.”

Aston won’t be taking chances and says “it will be what we feel is the strongest squad” for the fourth round game at Don Valley Stadium, kick-off 3pm.

“Scott Turner, Jack Howieson, Liam Higgins, Alex Szostak will be back in the mix

“Mitch Stringer has been our best forward this season and he will be in there,” he added.

The key to success could be two former Rams players. Patch Walker’s move to the Eagles this season restored his half-back partnership with Dominic Brambani.

The Rams team will include former Eagles forward Ryan Hepworth but are likely to be without players from their Super League partnership club Bradford Bulls.

Aston added: “We need to start hitting our straps.”