Dewsbury Rams travel to Bradford Bulls aiming to pull off a shock win in the Kingstone Press Championship Shield semi-final on Sunday.
Full-time Bradford finished 16 points above the Rams in the final standings and will be determined to end the season with a final appearance after the disappointment of missing out on the Middle Eights.
Dewsbury defeated Bradford 31-30 in the Challenge Cup at Tetley’s Stadium in March and won 16-14 at Odsal with a last gasp Paul Sykes goal in the regular season but they will be without several key players for Sunday’s semi.
Lucas Walshaw and Etu Uaisele are ineligible to play against their parent club, while Mitch Stringer and Aaron Brown hobbled out of Sunday’s 30-12 victory over Oldham.
Coach Glenn Morrison will be plotting the downfall of the club where he enjoyed a successful playing career but knows it will be difficult as he is also without second rower Scott Hale, who is ruled out for the season.
Morrison said: “It is going to be tough to go to Bradford, who have just had a big win over Sheffield, but you want to go into big games on the back of a tough match.
“Over the last month we had Halifax and Sheffield away, when we had victories, and that has helped us go into finals footy on the right note.
“Mitch Stringer is being assessed for medial ligament damage and Aaron Brown was taken off with an ankle problem, while Scott Hale is out for the season with a torn bicep.
“We will also be without Walshaw and Etu who are not allowed to play against Bradford.
“Paul Sykes had a chance (last week) and it was a choice of him or Crookes.
“Both could have probably played but I didn’t want them both to play in case they picked up knocks and were unavailable for this week.”