Squads named for big Challenge Cup clash

By Ian Golden | 14/03/2014

South Wales Scorpions and Hemel Stags have both named 18-man squads for their Tetley's Challenge Cup Third Round clash at Maesteg RFC this Sunday (kick-off 3pm).

The victors will be in the hat with Super League sides like Leeds Rhinos, Wigan Warriors and St Helens and so the Scorpions are looking for big support to cheer them on to the next round.

Welsh international Jack Pring will make his first appearance of the season for the Scorpions while Scott Britton, formerly of  Cardiff Demons, Valley Cougars, Glamorgan Wanderers and Crawshays, makes his club debut.

Owain Davies and Osian Phillips are injured while Alan Pope is unavailable.

“It will be another tough one this Sunday against Hemel,” he said. “I mentioned at the start of the season that there is no pressure on our lads and I still maintain that.

“I just want them to go out there and put a performance in but most of all enjoy what they are doing. The results will come as the effort is there from the lads for all to see and yes it would be good if it could come this Sunday and we can bring a Super League side to Maesteg.”

The Scorpions lost last week’s local derby at Gloucestershire All Golds 29-17 in a game that many believe was there for the Welsh side to take.

“It was a bitter pill to swallow last Sunday,” he said. “But we have to look at the positives and come back stronger week after week. I feel we competed for most of the game and for a squad that has been put together within a matter of weeks shows the type of character we have at the club.

“Training is getting better each week and the lads are understanding each other a lot more, and also understand more about what I want from them.

“Looking forward to this Sunday - hopefully the weather will stay as it is and we’ll see a fantastic day of Rugby League, and jousting, so I hear!"

Assistant coach Paul Emanuelli said: "This game is a good opportunity to get a result and kick start our season away from the pressures of a league campaign.

"Training has been good this week and all the boys are excited about the prospect of getting through to the next round and pulling a big side out of the hat.

"I'm looking forward to seeing how Scott Britton goes after the tremendous amount of effort he's put in since being given an opportunity with Scorpions,  he's more than earned his debut. It will also be good to see how the returning Jack Pring goes."

Hemel coach Troy Perkins said: “We have had a good week at training and all the players are really looking forward to Sunday.

“We have no injury concerns and the squad is pretty much the same that played up in Oldham last weekend. We know we need to improve on that performance and we have worked hard in certain areas during the week.

“I don't know a lot about South Wales as they have bought in a lot of new recruits although they still have some quality players remaining from last season including regular Ashley Bateman, Connor Farrer who is a talented hooker and new signing Paul Emanuelli who has a very good kicking game.

“Both teams will be desperate to get to the next round and I think it should be a great game of rugby league.”

The entertainment starts at 1.30pm with an inflatable jousting arena for under 18s courtesy of Megabounce Bridgend.

Child tickets cost just £1 and there are discounted tickets for all adults if bought in advance. Go to www.scorpionsrl.com  and click the “MATCH TICKETS” tab - http://walesrugbyleague.ticketsource.co.uk/ to buy.

SCORPIONS (from): 1. Jordan Sheridan, 2. Ian Newbury, 3. Jack Pring, 4. Kyle Skrivens, 5. Chris Leyshon, 6. Paul Emanuelli, 7. Shaun Owens, 9. Connor Farrer, 10. Chris Vitalini, 11. Barrie Phillips, 12. Phil Carleton, 13. Ashley Bateman, 14. Mike Connor, 17. Rhys Fitzgerald, 20. Scott Britton, 21. Dan Parry, 22. Dafydd Hellard, 23. Matt Wilcox

HEMEL (from): 1. James Cameron, 2. Essad Al-Zubeidi, 3. Michael Brown, 4. Aaron Small, 5. James Hill, 6. Jymel Coleman, 7. Ben Young, 8. James Howitt, 9. Ben Thorburn, 10. Dominic Maloney, 11. Barry-John Swindells, 12. Alex Ingerfield, 13. Dan Ljizouli, 14. Evan Simons, 15. Guy Aldam, 16. Mitchell Barbara, 17. Ciaran Clement-Pascall, 18. Miles McLeod

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