WARRIORS coach Shaun Wane expects Hull KR to be motivated by the prospect of revenge when they meet the Warriors next month for a place in the last eight of the Tetley’s Challenge Cup.
The fifth-round draw, made by Wigan legend Billy Boston, pairs the two clubs together at Craven Park with memories still fresh of the humiliating 84-6 defeat inflicted on Craig Sandercock’s Rovers in Super League on Easter Monday.
“I know, if it happened to me, I would be wanting to put that right,” Wane said. “We’ve got to make sure we’re prepared.
“There is no way I’m looking to take anything out of that game. They were without Michael Dobson and Cory Paterson who are two quality players.
“Going to Craven Park is going to be tough. They’ve got players with real good skill.”
Hull KR bounced back from their club-record defeat with a notable league win over St Helens a week later and they followed it up with victory over the same opposition in the fourth round of the Cup last Saturday.
That result could persuade the BBC to return to Craven Park on Saturday, May 12, although they may also be tempted to show the derby between Huddersfield and Leeds at the John Smith’s Stadium.
The Giants, who beat the Rhinos 32-8 at Headingley in March and are currently second in the table behind Wigan, are sure to test the champions as they aim to reach Wembley for the fourth year in a row.
“They have been challenging at the top of Super League for a number of seasons now and have been to Cup finals,” said Leeds coach Brian McDermott.
“I have read comments from (coach) Paul Anderson and (chairman) Ken Davy about how they want to take the next step and win silverware this season so that shows the ambition they have.
“I would have thought not only getting through to the quarter-final but knocking Leeds out would be a huge scalp for them and take them a big step closer to that ambition.
“We are under no illusion about the size of the task in front of us.”
There are three other all-Super League ties, with holders Warrington drawn at home to Brian Noble’s Salford City Reds.
Wakefield coach Richard Agar will face a reunion with his old Hull club at the KC Stadium while Bradford will go to London Broncos buoyed by their recent league win in the capital.
Widnes face a trip to part-timers Workington, their partner club from the Kingstone Press Championship, while York face French opposition for the second successive round.
The City Knights overcame Toulouse at home in the fourth round but will face a much more searching examination against Catalan Dragons in Perpignan.
A part-time club is guaranteed a place in the quarter-finals after Sheffield Eagles, Cup winners in 1998, were drawn at home to Championship leaders Halifax.