Monaghan: Great tradition
Wolves' Australian star Michael Monaghan is anticipating a big game against local rivals Salford City Reds at The Halliwell Jones Stadium tomorrow afternoon in the Tetley's Challenge Cup, kick-off 3pm.
This week University of Chester student Daniel Fearnley caught up with the hooker to discuss the magic of the Cup, the Wolves' chances of winning a fourth title in five years and tomorrow's clash with the City Reds.
"It's obviously a special competition; one we've been pretty successful in lately. For the players, it's the same every year. It's got great tradition, great history and it's really exciting to be a part of.
"It all comes down to the draw but we are pretty confident whoever we get we have a chance of winning. We start this weekend with a tough game against Salford. It's a game which some people see as a really good draw for us but we expect nothing less than a really tough game from Salford. I'm sure they are really excited about trying to get their hands on the Challenge Cup as well."
Coming from the southern hemisphere Michael's first experience of playing in the Cup competition was when he joined the side back in 2008 as a Challenge Cup type competition in absent in Australia.
"I guess it's something that they could adopt. I know, a few years ago, they used to have a couple of competitions; a pre-season competition and a Panasonic Cup competition which was kind of like a Challenge Cup, but they've never really had a competition with the history of the Challenge Cup. It's something that they would probably enjoy but with the intensity of the competition over there I can't see it coming anytime soon."
The 2009 Lance Todd Trophy Winner also gives us an insight into what teammate Mike Cooper can expect when he makes the switch to the NRL next season.
"I think the big difference is the week in, week out grind. Unfortunately over here the disparity between the top and the bottom is pretty large and you probably don't have a tough game every weekend. But in Australia its 26 rounds of really tough games. I think that's the biggest difference and it's something that Coops will get used to. I'm sure he'll be a success over there and hopefully come back to the Wolves one day and show his improvement."
Michael also talks Exiles selection, playing against his Warrington teammates and making the transition between the Super League and the NRL.
(photo courtesy of swpix)
Match tickets for tomorrow's game remain on sale in WolfWare until 5pm today. The ticket office windows for purchasing and collection will open from 12pm tomorrow, with turnstiles open from 1.30pm. Please be aware prices go up on match day and all junior season ticket swaps need to be completed by 5pm today as no exchanges can be made on match day.
11, May, 2013