Another slant on what's to come

CHAMPIONSHIP SHIELD — round two

Swinton Lions v Oldham (Heywood Road, Sale, 3.00pm Sunday)

Swinton Lions lost 36-24 at Dewsbury Rams last week. Coach John Duffy said: “I thought our effort was there and our last 20 minutes was good. We’ve got to take that into this week. Our games against Oldham are always tight, it will be about who can control the ball better.

“Last time their pivots controlled the game better than ours. We’ll be working on that this week to try and control the game and get a good start.”

Second row Connor Dwyer is doubtful after picking up a head injury.

Following Oldham’s 30-16 home victory over Workington Town, coach Scott Naylor said: “The biggest difference between this performance and how we played against Workington a fortnight ago was how our forwards got stuck in and played with desire and a lot of physicality. Our middle unit was superb. We made a few changes and the lads who came in were terrific.

“The result was everything. In terms of a survival ‘four pointer’, it was as big as it gets. The win puts us in a strong position, but that’s all it does. It doesn’t guarantee us anything. There’s still six games to play and a lot of points to be won. We’ve a lot of hard work ahead.”



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