Lenagan happy with cup draw

Wigan Warriors face a trip to South Cumbria next month after they were paired with Barrow Border Raiders in round four of the Challenge Cup.

The Championship outfit beat Blackpool Panthers 44-12 last weekend and can now look forward to a bumper crowd at Craven Park.

Wigan chairman Ian Lenagan said: "It is a super tie and it will give Barrow's coffers a big boost because hundreds of Wigan fans will make the journey up the M6.

"We always like to support teams in the Championship financially and playing Wigan is going to help Barrow a lot.

"I recall Barrow winning the Challenge Cup in 1955 and there's a great rugby league history in Cumbria so it promises to be a super occasion.

"Our win against Bradford was probably our best display for a couple of years so everyone is feeling very positive right now."

Leeds Rhinos' home tie against holders St Helens was the pick of five all-Super League clashes in the next stage of the competition.

Catalans Dragons face Bradford, Hull FC meet Salford, Harlequins play

Huddersfield and Hull KR will battle Celtic Crusaders.

Meanwhile, coach Brian Noble has heaped special praise on his young guns Sam Tomkins and Shaun Ainscough.

Tomkins shone in his first Super League start in the comprehensive 44-10 win over Bradford on Saturday.

Noble said: "What they bring is an enthusiasm and energy to the squad, and some older players have fed off that.

"You look at Sam and he's a big threat. It is like, 'Gosh. Look at this kid, he just plays'.

"That raw energy spills over to other people because the youngsters are happy to be there. There aren't many veterans in the squad, it is a pretty young team. But they've sparked other people up and we've seen that against Harlequins and Bradford.

"They do instinctive things and players get great enthusiasm from that."

Ainscough scored a couple of tries in Wigan's opening win of the campaign at Harlequins, and Noble added: "They've come in and done superbly, but they also go by the same rules as everybody else in the squad.

"It is all about performances and their performances have been pretty good.

"The style of the win over Bradford has lifted everybody and now we've got to try to take another step forward."

Wigan face another huge test at champions Leeds on Friday and confidence will be sky-high after Saturday's cruise against Bulls.

Wayne Godwin, who fractured his right leg at the JJB Stadium on Saturday, could be ruled out until at least July.

Godwin sustained the injury when he fell awkwardly trying to stop Iafeta Paleaaesina.