Scorpions prepared for Cougar fight

South Wales Scorpions could put distance between themselves and Co-operative Championship One’s bottom two teams with victory over Keighley Cougars – and they’ve prepared in unusual fashion.

The Scorpions have enjoyed a mixed martial arts training session as part of their preparation for the Cougars clash.

Captain Aled James said: “There was a lot of wrestling and a lot of grappling. It’s a new technique for us which was good to try out.

“I think the boys came out of it a lot better because they had to buy in to it, compete and basically be honest with each other. It rounded off a good week of training for us.”

Cougars coach Jason Demetriou admits he’ll have no hesitation playing loan signings Jake Normington and George Elliott in Sunday’s Co-operative Championship One fixture.

The Leeds Rhinos pair now look certain to make their Keighley debuts in south Wales. Demetriou said: “They’re straight into the squad, and I can’t wait to see them play.

“Their arrival really does add some competition for places and it gives people a bit of a push.”

Scott Law remains doubtful with ligament damage, while Jermaine Wray is unavailable due to personal reasons.

Demetriou said: “South Wales are doing quite well, and they’re a dangerous team in attack.

“I like the style of play they’ve got, and we’re expecting a tough challenge. We need to aim up for this one.”

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