Tigers braced for quarter-final backlash

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TIGERS have been warned to expect a tougher test against high-flying Workington in tonight’s Knockout Cup quarter-final first leg at Owlerton (7.45pm).

The Comets were brushed aside 57-36 at Owlerton in the Premier League last month.

But co-promoter David Hoggart said: “Workington will be determined to put it right after we beat them so well. A lead like that for the second leg [on Saturday] would be brilliant for us.

“Workington are packed with quality and when we beat them we were on top form and they were well below their best.

”But there is no reason why we cannot perform to a similar level. It’s just a question of whether Workington can show a big improvement. They have the ability because they are a top team in the Premier League.”

Illness victim Ashley Birks is back after missing the weekend win at Leicester and partners Simon Lambert at reserve.

Workington are hoping to have Danish star Peter Kildemand available after an injury forced him out of the Elite League match for Coventry at Eastbourne on Monday.

n TIGERS: R. Ashworth, H. Skidmore, J. Auty, E. Sanchez, S. Parker, S. Lambert, A. Birks.

n WORKINGTON: J. Wright, R. Lawson, T. Topinka, R. Harrison, P. Kildemand, G. Irving, K. Ingalls.