University of Gloucestershire All Golds v Hunslet Hawks match preview
Hunslet Hawks enter the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup this weekend when they travel to Gloucestershire All Golds in the Fourth Round on Sunday.
The University of Gloucestershire All Golds go into this clash as underdogs but that doesn’t worry coach Lee Greenwood: “It’s another one we’re not expected to win, Hunslet are a division above and will be favourites,” he said. “But we can test ourselves and see how far we are off that level because it’s the level we want to be at in two or three years.
“Let’s see how far we’re off now and how far some of the players in the squad are. We’ll prepare this week to give them a really good game and give it our best shot.”
Hunslet Hawks coach Barry Eaton was pleased with his side’s recent victory over Doncaster saying: “It was a decent performance,” he said. “We gradually ground them down and finished the game really strongly, we’re not doing too badly at the moment.”
Looking ahead to Sunday’s Cup tie he said: “We know a little bit about them from last year, they beat us in one of our games and we’re certainly aware that they can be a threat. They’ve got a new coach in Lee Greenwood, who I know really, really well. He’s already looking like he’s stamping his authority on the club.
“They’ve had a decent pre-season, played some decent sides and if they’ve not won they’ve been really competitive so he’ll have them pumped for a Challenge Cup shock. We’re certainly preparing 100 per cent, as we would do for every other game.”
Half-back Andy Kain is a doubt with a groin strain as is back rower Callum Casey who has a shoulder problem.
The draw for the fifth round of the 2015 Ladbrokes Challenge Cup will take place on the banks of the River Hull on Tuesday March 24 between 6.30pm and 6.45pm.
The River Hull separates the east and west halves of Rugby League’s most divided city and will be neutral territory for a draw which sees the entry of both Hull FC and Hull Kingston Rovers to this year’s competition.
The two Hull clubs will join First Utility Super League rivals Salford Red Devils and Wakefield Trinity Wildcats in the draw, which also features the 12 winners of this weekend’s fourth round ties.
The pairings will be made by two Rugby League legends who have given long and distinguished service to the game, Johnny Whiteley MBE and Phil Lowe.
The draw will be streamed live on the official Ladbrokes Challenge Cup website, www.ladbrokeschallengecup.com and be broadcast live on selected local BBC radio stations.
The Ladbrokes Challenge Cup fourth round ties are as follows:
Friday March 20
Featherstone Lions v York City Knights (8.00)
Leigh Centurions v London Broncos (8.00)
Saturday March 21
Normanton Knights v Batley Bulldogs (2.00)
Leigh Miners Rangers v Oxford (2.30)
Whitehaven v Featherstone Rovers (5.30)
Sunday March 22
North Wales Crusaders v Doncaster (2.30)
Dewsbury Rams v Newcastle Thunder (3.00)
Barrow Raiders v Halifax (2.00)
Bradford Bulls v Workington Town (3.00)
Swinton Lions v Rochdale Hornets (3.00)
Sheffield Eagles v Oldham (3.00)
University of Gloucestershire All Golds v Hunslet Hawks (3.00)
The fifth round ties will be played over the weekend of April 17-19.
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