Kear plotting cup shock
Challenge Cup specialist John Kear has drawn up secret plans to deliver his latest knockout blow.
The veteran coach, who masterminded Cup final triumphs for Sheffield Eagles in 1998 and Hull seven years later, has his sights trained on Super League outfit London Broncos, who are the visitors to his Batley team of part-timers in tomorrow's fifth-round tie at Mount Pleasant.
"All the guys are doing specialist work this week," said Kear. "We've handed out information to our players which will be relevant to trying to nullify their threat.
"All the players are sworn to secrecy. Let's just say I'm hoping that our preparation will give us an edge on Sunday."
Kear, who is in his first season in charge of the Championship club, added: "I'm really looking forward to it.
"London have been in indifferent form and they're really targeting the Challenge Cup. I know Rob Powell has said that.
"In many ways, I'm surprised at their form but they will be up for this because their season is all but over if they go out of the Cup.
"They've got internationals and NRL Grand Final winners so it's one heck of a challenge but one we'll relish.
"And, with a dodgy weather forecast for Sunday and a partisan crowd, it's probably not going to be Mount Pleasant on Sunday for them - it will be Mount Unpleasant."
It is almost 12 months since the Londoners last won away from home but coach Rob Powell, whose side put out Batley's Championship neighbours Dewsbury in the last round, is not unhappy with the draw.
"I'd rather play someone not used to the intensity of our competition each week," he said. "We've got to be professional about the way we go about our job."