Smith: An unknown quantity
The draw for the fourth round of the 2013 Tetley's Challenge Cup has been made and sees holders Warrington Wolves begin the defence of their trophy away to Keighley Cougars.
Alex Murphy OBE and Bruce Ray, communication director of Carlsberg UK, the parent company of competition sponsors Tetley's, conducted the draw at The Halliwell Jones Stadium, Warrington.
Other stand out fixtures include Hull KR at home to Super League rivals St Helens whilst Leeds Rhinos begin their bid for a fourth consecutive Wembley appearance at home to local rivals Castleford Tigers.
Two of Rugby League's newest clubs, Hemel Stags and University of Gloucestershire All Golds, earned home ties against Super League opposition and will take on Wakefield Trinity Wildcats and Salford City Reds, respectively.
Eyes will also be firmly fixed on the all-Cumbrian clash between Kingstone Press Championship sides Whitehaven and Workington Town.
Wolves head of coaching and rugby Tony Smith said following the draw earlier today: "It's another tricky one. We'll have a lot of respect for Keighley. They are a bit of an unknown quantity to some degree. However having played at their ground and understanding the challenges of going there; the different facilities, the size of the changing rooms and all those sorts of things, add to the challenge but we'll treat it with respect and hopefully we can go there and do a good job.
"The Cup is always something that excites us and we will deal with that at the appropriate time. Everyone is really looking forward to it. It's a new year and we have to start all over again. We understand we need to take care of each and every game and it starts with Keighley. We won't look beyond that game as it's only about them. Hopefully a good performance there will take care of that, then you can look beyond but before that we just need to concentrate on doing a good job there."
And on the new Cup campaign he added: "It gives profile to a lot of clubs that need it at different stages, those that don't often get it. There are always upsets which adds to the beauty of the Cup and the fact that it's a knock-out competition is a big one as well. There's always an upset or two. It keeps everyone on their mettle. It's one of the great things about the British sport."
The Tetley's Challenge Cup fourth round draw in full is as follows:
Wigan Warriors v Leigh Centurions
Hemel Stags v Wakefield Trinity Wildcats
Hunslet Hawks v Catalan Dragons
Rochdale Hornets v Bradford Bulls
Batley Bulldogs v Huddersfield Giants
Hull FC v North Wales Crusaders
Sheffield Eagles v Dewsbury Rams
London Broncos v Featherstone Rovers
Halifax v Barrow Raiders
Widnes Vikings v Doncaster
Keighley Cougars v Warrington Wolves
Leeds Rhinos v Castleford Tigers
University of Gloucestershire All Golds v Salford City Reds
York City Knights v Toulouse Olympique
Whitehaven v Workington Town
Hull KR v St Helens
All ties will be played over the weekend of April 20-21.
(photo courtesy of swpix.com)
08, Apr, 2013