Eagles star relishing Challenge Cup rivalry
Dominic Brambani will put friendships to one side when Sheffield Eagles face his former club Dewsbury Rams in the fourth round of the Tetley’s Challenge Cup at Don Valley Stadium on Saturday (3.00).
Brambani spent two years with the Rams between spells at Sheffield and the versatile half-back, who won a Championship Grand Final winners medal last season during his first season back with the South Yorkshire club, is looking forward to locking horns with his former team-mates.
“It’s always nice to play one of your former clubs,” said Brambani. “It gives you that extra incentive to play well against them.
“I had a really good two years there and Dewsbury will always have a special place in my heart, but that will all be forgotten when the match starts – I’ll be going out there to knock them out of the competition.
“They have brought in quite a lot of new players since I left but I will be telling the Sheffield lads what I know about the ones who are left.
“It’s a game that we are looking forward to and we know it will be a tough game, we won’t be taking it lightly.”
Having won the competition in dramatic fashion in 1998, when they defeated Wigan Warriors in an historic final at Wembley, Sheffield Eagles have a proud tradition in the Challenge Cup and Brambani says that feat isn’t lost on the current squad.
“The Challenge Cup is a special competition for Sheffield Eagles and in particular for our coach Mark Aston who won it with the club back in 1998,” he said.
“We want to build on last year and get to the fifth round. It’s nice to get a Championship team at this stage as it gives you a bigger chance to proceed and we want to go as far as we can.
“It would be fantastic to get to the next round with the possibility of facing a Super League team - as a player it’s always nice to test yourself against the best players in the game.
“Hopefully the fans will come out in force on the day to give us support and help see us through to the next round. Our fans play a big part, they’re loud and very loyal and it would be great to get through and draw a big team for them.”