Jack has lowdown on Rams

Wigan's Jack Hughes
Wigan's Jack Hughes

JACK Hughes has been able to provide the inside track on Challenge Cup opponents Dewsbury.

He was one of five Warriors who faced the Rams last Sunday while on dual-registration for Workington.

Shaun Wane has spoken to them to help prepare his side for Friday’s fourth-round Cup tie.

And Hughes says the quality of the Dewsbury squad – and their sparse, compact stadium – will ensure there is no risk of Wigan under-estimating the Championship outfit.

“They were a good team,” said Hughes, who played centre for Workington in a 38-16 loss.

“They’ve got a few ex-Super League players, and the halfback Anthony Thackeray pushes them around well. The pitch is similar to Castleford, very compact and the crowd’s on top of you.

“It’s a small pitch which they obviously know better, and that’ll suit their game.”

While few expect them to lose on Friday, Wane is taking no chances by naming a strong squad.

Props Gil Dudson and Jordan James have played for Workington for the past two weeks.

“If you’re not playing for Wigan, it’s better to have a game than to do fitness work all weekend,” added Hughes.