Wembley beckons for Club and Country
Clubs in the Super League and Championships continue their quest for Wembley this weekend as the Tetley's Challenge Cup approaches the fifth-round stage.
The mouth-watering encounter between West Yorkshire rivals Huddersfield Giants and Leeds Rhinos on Saturday is arguably the tie of the round, though there is strong interest in the fixture at MS3 Craven Park, where Hull KR will be seeking revenge against Wigan following their thrashing by the Warriors on Easter Monday.
Elsewhere, Richard Agar faces his old club as Wakefield Trinity Wildcats travel to the KC Stadium to face Hull FC, Bradford will be seeking a repeat performance at London following a recent victory there in the league, while top Championship clubs Sheffield Eagles and Halifax go head to head for a place in the Quarter-Finals.
For eight clubs, the march to the arch will end this weekend, but fans could get a second opportunity to roar their team to victory at Wembley this autumn, as England aim to reach ‘The Big Hit' double header of semi-finals on November 23.
The Big Hit was launched by London Mayor Boris Johnson and Wembley legend Martin Offiah under the shadow of Tower Bridge last month, and the former Wigan, Widnes and London star believes Steve McNamara's men have the potential to make history this autumn.
"Wembley is a fantastic stadium. The old one ground has left a huge legacy and the new ground is already building one of its own and honouring that history," he said.
"I'm always going to be linked with Wembley and the stadium will always have a special place in my heart.
"I enjoyed some good times there at club and international level and I played in a World Cup Final there in 1995. They're all great memories."
England are hotly tipped to make the final four, and Offiah believes the team has the potential to go even further.
"We saw what happened in 2012 with the Olympics, and the feel-good factor and publicity was driven by the success of Team GB," he noted.
"Now I don't want to put too much pressure on Steve and the boys, as I know they will give it their all, but I'll be backing them all the way, and I hope the rest of the country will be too."
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08, May, 2013