The All Golds play their penultimate home game of the season on Sunday against Oxford.
With the chance of finishing in the Shield final all but over Lee Greenwood says he wants to see his players bounce back from the 32-18 defeat at Hunslet a fortnight ago. He said: “We were disappointed with the game at Hunslet and we want to put things right against Oxford. We were leading at half time but in the second half we weren’t good enough and Hunslet punished us. It’s another tough game for us against Oxford and we’ll need to be at our best to win.
“We beat Oxford 38-10 earlier in the season but the game was close up until the 65 minute mark. They’ve had some good wins this season so we know they can be a threat. Obviously they’ve had a tough run of late but we know games against southern teams are always close. In my three years here we’ve had some good, close games against them and we’re looking forward to another on Sunday.
“It’s important we turn up and show the right attitude. We want to finish the season strongly so Sunday is important for us. We’ve had more wins this season than any other and we’ve got three more games to add to the tally.”
Full back Alex Gaskell returns to the squad and could be in line for his first appearance since the game out in Toronto. Props Richard Jones and Ross Price could also return having missed the game against Hunslet. Scotland international Joe McClean misses out for the first time this season.
Oxford, who caught the eye early in the season with impressive wins over York and Hunslet, are enduring a nightmare run of form and haven’t won a game since their 38-18 win over South Wales on May 20. They opened their League 1 Shield campaign with a narrow 32-26 defeat at Hemel before going down 36-10 on home soil to Hunslet. They were demolished 66-0 by London Skolars the weekend after but did manage to avoid defeat last time out when they drew 22-22 with South Wales Ironmen,
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