Dewsbury Rams coach Glenn Morrison admits his squad are relishing the prospect of locking horns with Super League giants St Helens on Sunday.
Morrison will field a strong squad for what will be Dewsbury’s first trip to Langtree Park (kick off 3pm) and a first meeting between the sides in over 20 years.
Morrison played a number of fringe players in last week’s friendly against Sheffield but will have a much stronger side on duty for Sunday’s clash.
Morrison said: “We will try and go as strong as we can against St Helens.
“We have got an idea now of who is standing up and who is earning a right for another look and St Helens will see us put out the strongest side that we have available at the moment.”
Aaron Brown could be fit for this week, having missed the Boxing Day defeat against Batley and last week’s clash against the Eagles, but Dewsbury have several other players ruled out through injury.
Morrison added: “A couple of boys could miss the first couple of rounds of the season, others could be back to play against London and we are booking in a second team friendly after that so some of the injured players could get a game under their belts if they haven’t played before then.”
Morrison is also looking forward to seeing his side play in a Super League environment against what looks set to be a very strong Saints side, with Keiron Cunningham likely to include a number of their star players, although Dewsbury lad Alex Walmsley looks set to miss out having had an operation.
Morrison said: “The groundsman here has done a great job to get the games on but the St Helens stadium and pitch is top quality and it will be good for the boys to go down there and play against a Super League side and see what we have got.”