5 May 2021

OPPOSITION GUIDE | SWINTON LIONS

AHEAD of Sunday's Round Five Betfred Championship clash at Heywood Road, we take a look at our opponents - Swinton Lions!

Formbook

-       Bradford Bulls are set to face Swinton Lions in Round 5 of the Betfred Championship, as they look to make it four victories in the League in a row. (Sunday 9th May – 11:45 KO)

-       Swinton have started the season without a victory in the League, but defeated Newcastle Thunder and Oldham RLFC in the Betfred Challenge Cup.

The Squad

-       Swinton have a vastly experienced Championship squad, having been in the division for several years, such as players like Rhodri Lloyd, who has been one of the standout performers in recent seasons. 

-       In the off-season, Swinton made a double signing of Sam Brooks and Martyn Ridyard from Leigh Centurions, two impressive players who were part of a Leigh squad that finished fourth in 2019.

The Coach

-       Lions head coach Stuart Littler has been at the club since 2015, as a player and assistant coach, however in 2017 he was given the head coach role on a full-time basis. 

-       Currently, he is still looking for his side’s first League victory of 2021.

-       After a disappointing start to 2019 in the last League campaign, he saw his side comfortably avoid relegation, finishing in a season high 9th place.

Connections 

-       During the off-season, Swinton signed two former Bradford academy players, in Cobi Green and Jacob Smillie.

-       The Welsh half, who captained the Under-19’s Wales side, and was also selected for the Wales nines tournament while at the Bulls - was an impressive capture for the Manchester side. 

The Stadium

-       Swinton Lions play their home games at Heywood Road, in Sale.

-       The ground has been home to the Lions since 2016 and is also home to Sale RUFC, with a capacity of 3,387. 

Previous affairs 

-       During 2019, Bradford Bulls faced Swinton Lions twice, with a victory and a draw.

-       The away fixture, ended in a 12-31 win, with the home game at Odsal Stadium ending in a dramatic 34-34 draw, Connor Farrell scoring a last minute try to level the scores.

 

 

 

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