aside Championship Shield semi-final previews

Bradford Bulls 15:00 Dewsbury Rams

Rohan Smith has named an unchanged side as Bradford Bulls host local rivals Dewsbury Rams in the Championship Shield semi-final. 

IMG-20160707-00293Lewis Charnock was a potential injury doubt however, the on loan half-back has recovered from a dead leg and therefore keeps his place in the squad.

The two teams have already played each other 4 times this season with both sides winning two games each. In their last game, Bulls beat the Rams 26-36 at the Tetley stadium.

Speaking ahead of the game, the Bradford Bulls head coach Rohan Smith said:

“We know what to expect, we’ve had two hard battles in my time here and they’ve had some previous battles in the season as well. We will expect nothing else other than that fierce battle and contest that semi finals should be.”

Dewsbury have won two games on the trot and come into this game in good form. Their last win came against Oldham where the Rams scored 5 tries in a 30-12 win.

The Bulls also come into this game with momentum. Despite an unexpected defeat to Workington two weeks ago, Bradford have been fairly dominant in the Championship Shield. Their last win was an 80-0 mauling of the other semi-finalists, Sheffield Eagles.


Halifax 15:00 Sheffield Eagles

Halifax have won three of their last four games in the Championship Shield and come into this game with a lot more momentum than the Eagles.

Sheffield have lost two successive games which included an 80-0 defeat to the Bradford Bulls.

With their immediate future in doubt and off field problems looking far from being resolved, a win for the Eagles would be a breath of fresh air for everyone at the club.

In their previous encounter, Sheffield defeated Halifax 28-48. Overall this season, the Eagles have won two of their three games with the West Yorkshire club.


By Sebastian Sternik


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