Govin set for Batley bow

Mick Govin could make his Batley debut after he was cup-tied for last week’s Carnegie Challenge Cup clash with Catalans Dragons.

Govin’s arrival will be a huge boost for the Bulldogs following the departure of Kyle Wood.

Batley coach Karl Harrison said: “Mick has experience at this level, and he should be good for us.” Alex Brown and Ian Preece could also feature for the Bulldogs.

Eagles have two injury fears ahead of the Northern Rail Cup quarter-final clash at Mount Pleasant.

Full-back and captain Misi Taulapapa sat out Tuesday’s training session with a tweaked hamstring, while prop Alex Rowe dislocated a thumb during the session.

Coach Mark Aston said: “We have to check on the two during the week.”

Aston wants the squad to put behind them last week’s poor performance against Keighley.

He said: “It’s a Cup game and we were very disappointed by our performance against Keighley. We had a few hard words about that after the game and at training this week.

“We have to be a bit more respectful in the things we do, and that’s where our focus has to be. We are a quality team that can win games.”

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