Crosby boost for Warriors’ Challenge Cup Rams raid

Dom Crosby
Dom Crosby

Prop Dom Crosby has delivered a boost to Shaun Wane’s battered pack.

The big front-rower is expected to return to the side for Sunday’s Challenge Cup tie at Dewsbury.

Crosby – who needed off-season hip surgery – made his first appearance of the season against Castleford last month, and has since been sidelined for two games with an unconnected injury.

He said: “I got a bang on my knee in one of the last plays in the game, which has kept me out.

“It’s been a bit frustrating to say the least.”

Wane’s entire ‘starting pack’ - from the squad numbers - missed the 40-10 loss at Warrington through injury.

Crosby is expected to replace Tony Clubb, who is suspended, while Wane will have a clearer idea today whether others including Ben Flower and Joel Tomkins may also return.

The 25-year-old was in the Grand Final-winning side in 2013 but missed out on the Challenge Cup final two months earlier, and is desperate to get to Wembley this time out.

But he has warned about the threat Dewsbury will pose, and says they can’t afford to let complacency creep into their preparations.

He said: “We’re not going to underestimate them at all.

“They’re coming up against a Super League side, they’ll get pumped up and show they’re not there to make up the numbers.

“There’s no pressure on them, all the pressure is on us, especially after our defeat last week.

“In the last round Hull KR underestimated Oldham and lost, and I’m sure Dewsbury will take inspiration 
from them and be looking to turn us over on their own ground.

“But this is a game we’re all looking forward to.

“It’s exciting being in the Challenge Cup.

“We want to get to Wembley and hopefully win it.”

Dewsbury, ninth in the Championship, boast Super League experience including ex-England international Paul Sykes and former Warriors back Karl Pryce.