Monaghan brothers predict tough Cup test
Joel and Michael Monaghan believe holders Warrington Wolves will face a firm test of their title-winning credentials ahead of their home Tetley's Challenge Cup fifth round clash against Salford City Reds at The Halliwell Jones Stadium on Sunday May 12th.
The Australian brothers joined shoppers at their local Tesco Extra opposite Warrington's stadium to meet fans, sign autographs and pose for photographs in front of the Tetley's Challenge Cup trophy.
Ahead of the visit of Salford next Sunday, Joel said: "We aren't taking anything for granted at all - Salford will be a tough opponent so home advantage will be key. Being champions three times in four seasons puts a target on your back so there are no easy games."
His brother Michael shared his views, adding: "We've got a good recent history in this competition and we want to keep that going as much as possible. The fans came down to Tesco in good numbers and showed us the sort of support we are used to receiving every week and they will be crucial for us next week."
Tesco's Deputy Store Manager Terry Woods said: "We would like to say a huge thank-you to Tetley's for bringing the Tetley's Challenge Cup trophy to Warrington Extra. We were thrilled and very proud to have the Monaghan brothers in our store signing autographs and taking pictures - customers and staff alike had a fantastic time!"
The Tetley's Challenge Cup then moved on to the Tetley's Social Club where it was joined by current Wolves players Garreth Carvell and Ryan Atkins and club legend Mike Nicholas to take part in a question and answer session hosted by former player Bob Eccles.
Fans had the chance to win prizes such as a signed Wolves shirt, signed Tetley's Challenge Cup balls and tickets to the Wolves' fifth round clash against Salford in a raffle to raise money for Tetley's charity partner Help for Heroes.
Ryan Atkins, who scored for the Wolves against Leeds Rhinos at Wembley last year, said: "Every Tetley's Challenge Cup game is a great occasion and experience for all the guys involved. We have to be fully focused on the task at hand and that is bringing the trophy back to Warrington for the fourth time in five years."
For further information on this season's Tetley's Challenge Cup, please go to https://www.facebook.com/TetleysChallengeCup or follow @TetleysChCup.
For more information about Help for Heroes, please visit www.helpforheroes.org.uk
Tickets are on sale in WolfWare, at WolfWare Online and on 08448 11 11 76 (Mon-Fri 9am-5pm) for Tetley's Challenge Cup 5th round Warrington Wolves v Salford City Reds, Sunday 12th May, kick-off 3pm, The Halliwell Jones Stadium
02, May, 2013