Date: Friday, 15 May
Venue: Tetley’s Stadium
Dewsbury 19 man squad: TBA
Warrington 19 man squad: Roy Asotasi, Ryan Atkins, Chris Bridge, Ben Currie, Brad Dwyer, Anthony England, Ben Harrison, Micky Higham, Chris Hill, George King, James Laithwaite, Joel Monaghan, Richie Myler, Gareth O’Brien, Gene Ormsby, Declan Patton, Kevin Penny, Ashton Sims, Ben Westwood.
Warrington will be looking to avoid a potential slip-up in the Challenge Cup on Friday night when they travel to face Championship side Dewsbury.
The Wolves have been below their best this season and go into the match off the back of a last gasp 27-26 loss to Hull FC last Sunday.
The trip to face lower-league opposition may on the face of it offer the Wolves the perfect opportunity to rediscover their best form, but head coach Tony Smith is wary of the threat posed by the Rams and has named a strong 19-man squad for the trip across the Pennines.
Stefan Ratchford is the only player rested by Smith, with Kevin Penny looking to be recalled at full-back.
Daryl Clark (knee) is joined on the sidelines by Toby King (ankle) and Warrington have recalled hooker Brad Dwyer from his loan at London Broncos to provide support for Micky Higham.
Dewsbury sit 5th in the Championship and go into the game full of confidence following an emphatic 40-4 win over Hunslet last weekend.
Full-back Ryan Fieldhouse made his return from a long-term injury in that game and is expected to feature on Friday.
Aaron Brown, Karl Pryce and Dale Morton all picked up knocks and will be assessed before Friday’s match.
The Rams lost to Super League opposition in this stage of the competition last year when they were beaten 58-6 by Wigan. The scoreline doesn’t tell the whole story however, as Dewsbury only trailed the Warriors by 6 points going into the final half an hour and the Rams will be looking to hold out the Wolves for longer this time.
The two sides last met 29 years ago at Wilderspool where Warrington ran out 52-0 winners. A lot has changed since then, but it’s likely the scoreline on Friday night may not.
Prediction: The Wolves by 50.
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