Gilchrist hopes to be fit

Date published: Wednesday, April 3, 2013

PROP Liam Gilchrist is expected to be fit for Oldham’s big test at Hunslet Hawks on Sunday (3pm) in the third round of the Tetley’s Challenge Cup.

The 24-year-old former St Helens front-rower, who has made an impressive start to the season, missed Friday’s opening league game against Rochdale with a slight calf strain.
Coach Scott Naylor won’t settle on his 18 to travel until later in the week, but he is likely to choose from the 17 who faced up to Rochdale plus Neil Roden, Danny Samuel and Gilchrist if he gets the all-clear.
Unlike Oldham, who have played the last four games without the assistance of dual registered players from their link-club Salford City Reds, the Hawks have used Leeds Rhinos players extensively in their nine league games so far in the Kingstone Press Championship.
They had three young Rhinos in action in Friday’s 28-12 defeat at Batley —- full-back Jimmy Watson (21) and the highly-rated ┬áJimmy Keinhorst, at centre, and Brad Singleton, at prop.
Tipped for a big future in the game, Singleton was then recalled by the Super League club to travel with them to Perpignan for the Easter Monday game with Catalan Dragons.
Watson and Keinhorst kept their places in the Hunslet side beaten 22-18 at home by Keighley Cougars on Monday. Also in the side was former Roughyeds prop Luke Menzies.
Hooker Liam Hood (21), a member of the Rhinos first-team squad, like Keinhorst, has also been featuring for Barry Eaton’s Hunslet, although he missed the Easter games because of a calf strain.
It isn’t yet known whether he will be fit for weekend or, indeed, how many Leeds players will be made available to Eaton for cup selection.
Players from Super League clubs who go out on dual registration in this weekend’s third-round cup ties will not be eligible to play for their parent clubs in later rounds, and this is sure to make a difference.
The Roughyeds’ under-20s side will make its first appearance of the season at Whitebank on Friday night (8pm kick off) against derby rivals Rochdale Hornets.
In their two away games so far they lost 28-14 at Leigh and 26-12 at Rochdale.
Coach Phil Costin, who believes his squad is good enough to hit the winning trail soon, said: “It’s the strongest group I’ve coached in my three years at the club and as the season progresses I’m sure results will prove that to be the case.”