Swinton focus on damage limitation

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Swinton, the lowliest team left in the Challenge Cup, have set themselves some targets for their tie against the Super League leaders. The Championship 1 club have been drawn at Warrington on Friday night and they know what potent form the Wolves have been in of late.

"Warrington were outstanding in putting 62 points past Castleford last Friday," said their director of rugby, Paul Kidd. "If we could keep them to less than that and maybe score a few ourselves, I think perhaps you could call that a successful night. Warrington have been nilling people and we would like to avoid that. Our players are looking forward to giving a good account of themselves."

Swinton could be without their captain, Lee Wingfield, who picked up a chest injury in the draw at Whitehaven on Sunday that saw them drop their first point of the season.

Leigh, the leaders of the Championship, have been hit by the sudden resignation of their chairman Arthur Thomas, who has also stepped down from the club's board.

"I feel I have taken the club as far as I can," said Thomas, previously a director at Wigan and St Helens. "I leave the club in a good state on and off the field and it's now time for someone else to take over and guide the club to Super League."

It was Thomas who brought back Ian Millward (above) to coach Leigh for a second time and his departure does not improve the club's chances of keeping him.

Millward is known to be on Salford's wanted list, although they are also sounding out other possibilities in Australia.