Dewsbury Rams this weekend will take on Newcastle Thunder in the fifth round of the Challenge Cup.

The Rams were victorious over Cumbrian side Whitehaven on Wednesday night, winning in horrendous mud-bath like conditions.

However the hard fought performance got the result that Lee Greenwood’s men wanted.

Newcastle Thunder have had to come through from round three, and have had to play in some tough tests to get to this stage. In round three they had to make the trip to Keighley Cougars. In what turned out to be a close contest it was the North East side who eventually won 12-16.

In round four the Thunder stormed over to non-league side Siddal who despite putting up a worthy test ended up losing the tie 10-30.

LAST TEN MEETINGS:

Dewsbury 36, Newcastle 8 (CCR4, 17/3/17)

Dewsbury 28, Newcastle 18 (CCR4, 22/3/15)

Dewsbury 36, Gateshead 8 (NL2R16, 23/7/06)

Gateshead 16, Dewsbury 20 (NL2R11, 18/6/06)

(at Gateshead International Stadium)

Dewsbury 55, Gateshead 6 (NL2R10, 3/7/05)

Gateshead 18, Dewsbury 24 (NL2R2, 10/4/05)

(at Gateshead International Stadium)

Gateshead 22, Dewsbury 4 (NL2R14, 15/8/04)

(at Gateshead International Stadium)

Dewsbury 26, Gateshead 8 (NL2R6, 30/5/04)

Dewsbury 60, Gateshead 26 (NFPR21, 4/8/02)

Gateshead 6, Dewsbury 38 (NFPR13, 2/6/02)

(at Gateshead International Stadium)

PLAYER STATS:

LIAM FINN needs two tries to reach 150 for his career.

            – 49 for Dewsbury Rams (2006-2009, 2019-2020)

            – 1 for Newcastle Thunder (2019)

            – 8 for Wakefield Trinity (2004, 2016-2018)

            – 9 for Castleford Tigers (2014-2015)

            – 71 for Featherstone Rovers (2005, 2010-2013)

            – 2 for Halifax (2002-2003)

            – 8 for Ireland (2007-2018)

            (0 for Widnes Vikings (2018, loan)

HEAD COACH COMMENTS:

“We’ll have another look for this Sunday to see who is fresh and fit enough to play up at Newcastle.

“When you are winning you want the next game to come quickly and that’s what the lads are like. The lads who missed out playing here were actually disappointed, and they are now looking to get back in on Sunday.

“So we’ll have to juggle things around as we didn’t know if we would have three games in a week. It takes a bit of management as we haven’t got the biggest squad. We’ll bring some fresh bodies in and we know it’s going to be hard going there, we know it isn’t going to be muddy. Your shirt will be the same colour to when the game started.

“It’s a faster track up there which we haven’t played on this year. It’s a different test for us because all our games have been on mud, so it will be interesting to see how we go.”

THE SQUADS