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Friday, 5 April, 2002, 14:09 GMT 15:09 UK
Hull KR look for third straight win
Lee Bettison
Sheffield's Bettison is out to spoil Hull KR's 100% record
BBC Sport Online previews the latest round of games in rugby league's newest tournament, the Buddies National League Cup, which continues on Sunday.


Hull KR v Sheffield Eagles

The Robins are hoping to maintain their winning start and Australian pair Adrian Rainey and Dane Dorahy are set to bolster the side.

The Eagles are expected to introduce new signing Mick Docherty from York in their line-up.

Andy Brent, Paul Wells, Ryan Knight, Lee Bettison and Gareth Dobson could also play in Sheffield's first match of the competition.

Gateshead Thunder v Featherstone Rovers

Ian Tonks
Tonks is banned for two matches
The hosts plan to hand a debut to 21-year-old former Great Britain students' second row forward Sam Tunnell.

"Sam is another promising youngster who I expect could make his mark in the game,'' said coach Paul Fletcher.

Featherstone have a couple of players ruled out through injury and prop Ian Tonks is banned for two matches following his sending off at Oldham.

Jamie Stokes (ankle) and Jamie Coventry (hamstring) are unfit, so squad players Danny Evans, Steve Dooler and Ricky Halliwell may be drafted into the team.

Keighley Cougars v Doncaster Dragons

Keighley could find it extremely difficult to shake off the challenge from in-form Doncaster.

Craig Horne, who came through his return game against Hull KR, and Mathew Steel, who made his first team debut in the same game, are expected to start the match.

Doncaster could have Chris Ross, Tony Atter and Richard Baker back in their line-up while Jason Lee (leg) may need a fitness test.

Barrow Raiders v Swinton Lions

Andy Leatham
Leatham is set to play for Swinton
The Raiders will be confident following their win over Workington on Easter Monday.

Coach Cameron Bell believes his side are beginning to fulfil their potential and is unlikely to change his line-up.

Swinton, who were defeated by Leigh, could make a few changes with Andy Leatham, Dale Holdstock and Rob Russell all struggling with injuries.

So Gareth Pratt may make his debut against his former club, while Craig Dean is set to grab a place in the side.

Chorley Lynx v Whitehaven

Chorley are hoping to pull off a second shock result against Whitehaven, after beating them in the Northern Ford Premiership before Christmas.

Recent signing Martin Gambles from Gateshead is expected to continue at scrum half, with goal-kicker Liam Jones as his partner.

Whitehaven will be without Chris McKinney and Spencer Miller, who both suffered broken bones in the tough Good Friday tussle at Workington.

Leigh Centurions v Workington Town

Neil Turley
Turley's participation in the match is in doubt
Joint-favourites Leigh will hand John Duffy his chance against his former team as Simon Svabic and Lee Sanderson are both ruled out with long-term injuries.

Centre Paul Anderson (pinched nerve) and star full back Neil Turley (ankle) are fitness doubts.

Tane Manihera, Anthony Samuel, Gary Charlton, Kevin Hetherington and player-coach Martin Wood are almost certain to return for Workington.

Dewsbury Rams v Rochdale Hornets

Rams boss Andy Fisher may be without Nathan Batty (knee), Andy Speak and Mark Hawksley, who were all injured in the defeat.

Also missing is Ryan Hardy, who dislocated a shoulder in the win over Batley on Good Friday.

Rochdale could make a number of changes to their line-up, with Andy Ireland, Darren Robinson and Dave Watson among the possibilities.

But tough centre Brendan O'Meara is undergoing intensive treatment on a shoulder injury and is extremely doubtful to play against his former club.

Huddersfield Giants v Oldham

Mark Moxon
Moxon is ready to step into the breach
Half-back Chris Thorman will miss out after sustaining a head injury in the win over Batley on Easter Monday - Mark Moxon is the likely replacement.

Ex-Hull favourite Stanley Gene is set to return to the side along with rugged forward Heath Cruckshank.

Oldham will be without winger Joe McNicholas and forward Phil Farrell, while utility player Dave Gibbons, Keith Brennan and Bryan Henare all face fitness tests.

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