Preview: Swinton v Rochdale

Swinton forward Dana Wilson is set to return after a bout of illness, while Paul Southern and Lee Wingfield are also hoping to be fit despite picking up minor knocks during Monday’s victory over York.

Lions coach Paul Smith said: “I was pleased with the character we showed in the last 20 minutes, when we were down by 14 points.

“However, in the first 60 minutes York had more enthusiasm than us and it took something to get us going.”

He added: “There are eight or nine of Rochdale’s blokes who have Swinton connections, and they’ll be looking to prove a point. We’ll have to be ready from the first minute.”

Rochdale coach John Stankevitch could recall Bolu Fagborun after an impressive display in the reserves last week, but Adam Bowman will definitely not play after suffering concussion on Monday.

Stankevitch said: “Both sides made a high amount of errors, but the majority of our errors came when we should have taken the opportunity to score points. We potentially threw away 30 points from errors in a try-scoring position.

“There is certainly room for improvement from last week. We’re going to lose games if we’re not taking those opportunities against better quality opposition like Swinton.”

He continued: “It’s no secret that Swinton have spent a fortune. They’ve got a load of experience in their squad. We just need to make sure we’re on our game and take our opportunities.”

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