Sheffield Eagles aim to make it a hat-trick of wins over Dewsbury Rams and book their place in the Northern Rail Cup semi-finals tonight.
The Rams have been put to the sword in the fourth round of the Challenge Cup 30-16 and the league 36-18. Eagles go in the game at Don Valley 8pm) as big favourites, hoping to extend their winning run in all competitions to 12 games.
It’s the first of two quarter-finals with London Broncos coming in the Challenge Cup next month.
Coach Mark Aston says his players will be on their guard to prevent upset. “We’re playing well but this is the quarter finals and Dewsbury will want to knock us off our perch” he said. “There’s the danger when you have won 11 games on the trot that you just don’t hit your mark and teams can you, we have to keep challenging and motivating the lads.
“We’ll be asked questions by Dewsbury and the lads have to come up with the answers.”
Forward Alex Szostak could be recalled for the Eagles as the only change to the 17 that won at Barrow. Eagles have a trio of players facing their former club in half-backs Dominic Brambani and Patch Walker plus winger Scott Turner.
Since losing to the Eagles in the league last month the Rams have recovered and are up to sixth in the Championship.
The Rams have former Super League players in fullback Karl Pryce and winger Dale Morton. At half-back Bobbie Goulding, the son of the former Great Britain star, is on loan from Wakefield and has built a partnership with Kieran Hyde.
In the pack Makali Aizu and former Eagles prop Ryan Hepworth give them power.
Aston said: “They will be physical. They will think they can beat us. But we haven’t been beaten at Don Valley this season and we don’t want to let that record go.”