After overcoming Oldham, Hull KR fans and players alike will have been looking forward to the draw for the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup Sixth Round.
The Robins were the first ball out of the hat, meaning a home tie at Craven Park, that was the first box ticked as we all really wanted a home draw. Then came our opponents, Featherstone, Whitehaven, Toronto……? Don’t be daft of course it was Wigan.
Tim Sheens has been handed one of the most difficult home ties you could ask for but if you have ambitions of getting to Wembley you’re going to have to beat the best teams at some point. We need only look back to 2015 to find some unexpected success against Wigan in the Cup, and that was away from own home turf.
Rovers travelled to the Leigh Sports Village and despite being massive underdogs they overcame Wigan 12-16 to progress towards an eventual trip to Wembley, although the least said about that the better. Ken Sio scored the winning try after an error from Dan Sarginson and everyone who travelled to Leigh that night will remember the game fondly.
Fast forward to an away game at Wigan in 2018 though and a lot has changed. Rovers were battered 44-6 on Easter Monday. That was one of Rovers’ worst performances of the season against a rampant Wigan side.
Luckily we are at home to Wigan in the Cup and the Robins faithful will have to play their part to give the lads a chance. In the Cup anything can happen so although it’s a difficult draw on paper we only need to look back to 2015 to see it can be done.
With the cup tie to be played over the weekend of 12/13th May that now means that in May Rovers face Wakefield away with the Magic Weekend Derby sandwiched in-between Cup and league home games against Wigan.
The unwashed meanwhile got Featherstone away. Lucky gits.