Third Time Lucky for Cougars?

Warrington Wolves Match Preview by Joshua Chapman (@Chapalar)

The Keighley Cougars come into this Sunday’s massive Tetley’s Challenge Cup Fourth Round tie at home to current cup holders Warrington Wolves as massive underdogs.

Following last weekend’s postponement of the Kingstone Press Championship game away at Workington Town due to a waterlogged pitch, Paul March will have a fresh side to choose from as this as allowed extra time for the likes of Danny Jones and Andy Shickell to get over little niggles to be able to play against the Wolves this Sunday.

Talking to Mike Govier ahead of this weekend’s game, Paul had this to say: “ We’re ready for it and obviously with the Workington game being postponed which has allowed us to have a bit of time to recover and has allowed some of the lads to get over injuries and there little niggles so that means we can be as full strength as we can be and we’re looking forward to the challenge of playing against Warrington and playing against some of the best players in the world it’s going to be a challenge and one we’re relishing.”

Mike also had the chance to speak to former Warrington player Richie Barnett who had this to say: “It’s always a big occasion and the lads are looking forward to it. Last year to come away with that result against Warrington felt like a victory. Hopefully we can come away with a better result than last year, the boys have had time to gel together now and we’re playing some good rugby ourselves and training has been good this week so it’s just about going out there and playing our game.”

The club are also pushing a great initiative for Sunday’s game which is kids for a quid. This scheme allows those sixteen and under to enter the ground for just a pound which is probably the cheapest you will get to watch a side of Warrington’s calibre and standard in Rugby League this year.

Warrington Wolves have announced their 19 man squad for this and it will allow youngster Glenn Riley to make his senior debut for the men from Cheshire who are missing some key players who are either being rested or injured.

Six key players missing from the Warrington nineteen are Lee Briers, Adrian Morley, Ben Westwood, Stefan Ratchford, Chris Bridge and Simon Grix. Lee Briers is continuing his recovery from a calf strain and Adrian Morley is still ruled out with a torn bicep. It is believed Ben Westwood, Stefan Ratchford, Chris Bridge and Simon Grix are being rested ahead of next week’s Super League clash at home to the Bradford Bulls.

Warrington coach Tony Smith said to the Warrington Wolves website: “The challenges of going to Keighley and their ground and changing rooms are different and we look forward to going there having experienced it before and knowing a little bit more than we did last time. They are dangerous games; teams from the lower division grow a leg or two with nothing to lose and a whole lot to gain. We are well aware of that and have some game-time footage of Keighley. We will do our homework as we always do. We won’t be as familiar with the players as we are of Super League teams, there is still a bit of the unknown quantity.”

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