DANNY Langtree, a player to the forefront of the steady progress Oldham RL Club have made under Scott Naylor’s stewardship in the last three years, will be back in action at Hull KR tomorrow after missing the last four games with hamstring trouble.
Coincidentally, he wasn’t involved in the season’s ‘lows’ — defeats by Halifax and Swinton over Easter — or the ‘highs’ that followed with superb performances in successive home wins against Batley Bulldogs and Sheffield Eagles.
Danny Grimshaw will also be back after sitting out both ‘highs’, as will Adam Files, who has recovered from a stomach bug.
They replace dual-reg duo Liam Johnson and Tyler Dickinson, who are not available, and Joe Burke, who played for North Wales Crusaders in an earlier round and is thus cup-tied.
Looking ahead to this fifth round Ladbrokes Challenge Cup tie at the KC Lightstream Stadium tomorrow (2pm kick-off), Naylor said nothing could be read into Hull KR’s 40-0 home hammering by Catalans Dragons in Super League last week.
Said Oldham’s head coach:
Catalans can do that to anybody. Rovers will see our game as an ideal opportunity to bounce back.
Our last two performances were fantastic, so that’s the standard we need to maintain, not only in the cup but in the Championship as well.
The Challenge Cup is important. It’s a great competition so we must pick up where we left off against Batley and Sheffield.
The Robins’ interim boss, James Webster, has also made three enforced changes, replacing the injured Mitch Allgood, Graeme Horne and Thomas Minns with James Donaldson and youngsters Joe Cator and Joe Wardill.
Hull KR (from): Blair, Boudebza, Cator, Clarkson, Cockayne, Dixon, Donaldson, Green, Greenwood, Lawler, Lunt, Marsh, Moran, Mulhern, Sio, Thornley, Tilse, Walker, Wardill.
Oldham (from): Chisholm, Clay, Files, Gee, Grimshaw, Hope, Hughes, Joy, Langtree, Lepori, Middlehurst, Owen, Palfrey, Roper, Spencer, Thompson, Ward.