Smith is expecting a tough, hard hit out

Smith is expecting a tough, hard hit out


Tony Smith is sponsored by Cortech Developments

The Wolves return to Tetley's Challenge Cup action this Sunday afternoon and head of coaching and rugby Tony Smith is aware of the task ahead for his side.

The Wolves will be going up against Championship opposition and cross-league contests have served up entertaining encounters in the past.

"It's an opportunity for teams from different divisions to put themselves up against each other. You often see fantastic performances from Championship teams for periods of time in the game and it's fantastic for the supporters as well to see their team go up against some of the best in the country.

"It's a great occasion but we are going to be putting all that aside as our focus this week is on our performance. This week we need to be good for our own reasons but also in terms of who we are up against as well. We have a team who are very strong in the Championship and are lying third at moment. They've had some fantastic victories over Sheffield and Featherstone - two heavyweights of the Championship - so we are up against a very good team and we are expecting a tough, hard hit-out."

Sunday's visitors have former Super League player Paul Cooke at the helm and Smith is aware they will come here looking to cause an upset.

"Paul's done a fantastic job in his short time there. I have a lot of respect for him as a player and he's obviously taken some of that talent and experience into his coaching as well. He'll have their awareness at its highest level and they will be very keen to  come The Halliwell Jones Stadium and have a good performance for their own pride.

"We understand all that and will prepare accordingly. We will be putting out our strongest available team as we take the Challenge Cup very seriously; we always have done and will continue to do so. We will be going out strong on Sunday."

The latest injury update following the Easter weekend sees good news for Ben Harrison.

"Ben may not be as long as first feared. We feared a scaphoid injury but so far the scans and x-rays haven't shown that up. He has swelling in his wrist and has certainly done something that will probably prohibit him from playing this week but hopefully it's not a long-term injury."            

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