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Tigers strengthen ahead of Cup tie

30th January 2014, 06:07

Tigers strengthen ahead of Cup tie

Torfaen Tigers have strengthened their squad ahead of their Tetley’s Challenge Cup debut this Saturday when they travel to Chiswick Rugby Club this Saturday to face South West London Chargers (2.00pm).

Torfaen Tigers have strengthened their squad ahead of their Tetley’s Challenge Cup debut this Saturday when they travel to Chiswick Rugby Club this Saturday to face South West London Chargers (2.00pm).

 

Last year’s South Wales domestic champions take on their London equivalents with a number of new players in the side including Jarad Hinnem, who joins from local rivals Newport Titans, Jonathan Daniels, who played for the Tigers up until two years ago, and former Wales under 16 international Matthew Cummins.

 

Hinnem a centre by trade but equally comfortable in the halves or back row, was a member of the Wales Dragonhearts training squad in 2010.

 

Stand Off Matt Cummins, who played for the Tigers junior sides and gained international recognition at under 16 level before returning to rugby union with Tredegar, Garndiffraith and Pontypool, was originally due to link up with the squad last season but was forced to undergo knee surgery instead.

 

Jon Daniels impressed  playing for the club in 2011 before suffering a nasty leg break playing against Cardiff Demons that year, putting him out of the game for a long period of time.

 

Tigers head coach Jamie Williams said: “I’m delighted to have signed all three players who will add some much needed depth to our backline and create genuine competition for places. I played alongside Jon in 2011 and it’s great to see him back on the field.

 

“Everyone is chomping at the bit to get stuck in on Saturday. The lads have been training hard and it's going to be hard to only pick 17 players.”

 

Fellow coach Chris Bailey added: “Matt and Jon have looked really sharp in training, and I've worked with Jarad in RU. I’m really excited to be working with them all and I’m sure they'll be great additions to the squad.

 

“There’s a real sense of excitement for Saturday’s game. Everyone, old and new, looks sharp and hopefully we can carry on where we left off last season.”

 

Torfaen chairman Rob Davies said: “Everyone is excited to be playing in such a prestigious competition. The local community and media have all been very supportive and hopefully this can push us on to bigger and better things.”

 

The winner of this game will be just one victory away from being included in the third round draw, which is when Kingstone Press Championship opposition, such as Leigh Centurions, Workington Town and Sheffield Eagles – all past winners of Rugby League’s oldest and most prestigious competition – enter the fray, along with Wales’ top sides in North Wales Crusaders and South Wales Scorpions.

 

Tigers have named a strong 19 man squad that will be cut to 17 on Saturday.

 

They are without captain Gareth Rusby-Davies who has a slight hamstring strain and will instead be led for the duration of their Challenge Cup campaign by Louie Pengelly. Davies will be replaced in the backrow by fellow Wales Dragonhearts squad member Liam Davies who returns from suspension.

 

Elsewhere Jon Daniels comes into the centre in place of Kyle Scrivens who is currently on trial with South Wales Scorpions.

 

Tigers coach Jamie Williams said: "It's a strong squad and there were some tough decisions to make. The boys that have missed out are obviously disappointed but are very supportive of those named, such is the team spirit we've built."

 

Fellow Coach Chris Bailey added: "It's a strong side and I'm sure they can do the business on Saturday."

 

Squad In Full: Louie Pengelly, Mark Cox, Gareth Drew, Zack Hadley, Micki Witts, Tylon Mafi, Liam Davies, Mike Edwards, Shaun Watkins, Ryan Bates, Luke Brown, Dai Thomas, Jordan Bailey, Jon Daniels, Jordan Peake, Martin Ellis, Ryan Evans, Rob Davies, Matt Anderson.

 

Saturday’s game will the 61st in the Challenge Cup involving a Welsh club. For a full list of results and links to many recent match reports, please go to http://www.walesrugbyleague.co.uk/clubs/challenge_cup.