DEWSBURY’S 19-man squad for tomorrow’s game against Oldham at Bower Fold includes player-of-the-year Josh Guzdek, back after a lengthy injury absence, and three dual-reg forwards from Wakefield Trinity in prop Keegan Hirst and back-row pair Chris Annakin and Jordan Crowther.
New wing signing Alex Brown is in for his debut and Alex Igbinedion, on a month’s loan from Castleford Tigers, keeps his place.
Coach Glenn Morrison has said there were plenty of positives to be taken from last week’s home defeat by London Broncos and he felt the only real difference between the sides was the game-breaking quality of Jarrod Sammut. Now haven’t we heard that before somewhere ?
As reported previously, Roughyeds will be strengthened by the availability of George Tyson, back after a four-match ban, and Richard Lepori.
Oldham won the corresponding game last year, but were then beaten twice at the Tetley’s Stadium in the league and later in the Shield.
To date this season, Roughyeds have beaten Sheffield Eagles at Bower Fold, lost narrowly to Featherstone Rovers (away) and London Broncos (home) and suffered a heavy defeat at Hull KR —- a tough opening month which has paired them with sides currently commanding the top three teams in the Championship table.
The Rams have lost all four —- heavily at Rochdale and Toulouse, narrowly at home to Swinton Lions and, last week, by 20-6 at home to Broncos.
They will be targeting this one as a must-win game, while Oldham boss Scott Naylor will be looking for his side to return to the sort of form that, had there been any justice, would have earned them at least a point from each of their two-point losses to still-unbeaten Featherstone and then London.
Despite a very disappointing attendance of below 600, the atmosphere at the London game was first-class and the rugby on display was of a high standard, certainly worthy of attracting a lot more support from rugby league enthusiasts who would surely warm to what’s on offer if they were to give it a try.