Mort set for return for Swinton Lions
By Chris Brierley
Ian Mort is set to return as Swinton step out on a revenge mission in Sunday’s Championship trip to Hunslet (ko 3pm).
The South Leeds side pipped the Lions 24-18 in the Northern Rail Cup at Leigh Sports Village in February.
But Swinton will go into this weekend’s clash with more confidence after Sunday’s impressive 32-12 win over York – coupled with Hunslet’s 48-0 home thrashing by Batley.
The Lions have already beaten Batley this season but coach Steve McCormack knows those sorts of statistics can be ignored and is warning against complacency.
“Hunslet are a big side and well coached by Barry Eaton,” says the Swinton boss who has the luxury of players battling for places.
Mort should be available after a nasty nose gash sustained in the cup defeat at Huddersfield a fortnight ago.
“Doctors thought Ian may have needed plastic surgery but they used a special kind of glue instead,” said McCormack who handed Huddersfield forward Adam Walker his debut off the bench against York.
Walker made one particular bone-crunching run and the dual-registration player looks set to be given another hit-out.
“Adam had an excellent game against York. He’s well stacked-up physically and has the benefit of a Super League background.
“Our forwards all did well on Sunday with David Mills, Danny Meekin, Mike Morrison and Glenn Riley all putting in the hard yards up front.”
St Helens duo Carl Forster and Scott Hale will also come back in contention after missing the York win.
“Sam Reay did well at Huddersfield but Gavin Dodd came in against York and was also one of our best players.
“It’s a nice problem to have and our target now is to keep improving.”
Hunslet and York are the only sides below Swinton in the Championship and, although there is no relegation this season, the Lions are keen not to linger near the basement.
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