SHAUN Wane’s attention is fixed on Super League, despite the Challenge Cup draw throwing him another tie soaked in history.
Warriors’ reward for seeing off Dewsbury in the fourth round is a clash with Championship One leaders Hunslet – a repeat of the classic 1965 Cup Final which Wigan won 20-16.
But the head coach is putting Wigan’s Cup defence to the back of his mind as struggling London Broncos make the trip to the DW Stadium on Friday.
“I’m just looking forward to London at the minute,” Wane told the Evening Post after seeing his side come out of the hat first in the fifth round draw.
“But Hunslet will be looking forward to coming to the DW and giving a good account of themselves – and we will be ready.”
Wane is looking to help Wigan to back to back Cup titles for the first time since the 1994 and 1995 Wembley victories and earn a record-extending 20th victorious homecoming in the process.
Hunslet, on the other hand, have only won the Cup twice, in 1908 and 1934, and the odds will stacked in favour of a big Wigan win.
But Wane is expecting the Hawks to treat the fixture as their Cup final, meaning they will raise their game.
“The ‘65 final was supposed to be one of the best finals there has have ever been so there’s a lot of history there,” Wane said. “They’ll be looking forward to coming to the DW and giving a good account of themselves and we’ll be ready.
“It’s the same as when we went to Dewsbury, They’ll have a real good go and that’s what happens when teams come to play the double winners. They’ll improve their game and want to play their best game ever.
“It’s knockout rugby league so we need to give them respect and our players will do that.
“If we play anything like we did in the second half against Dewsbury then we should be okay.”
Meanwhile, Wane is expecting to know more about Josh Charnley’s fitness this week after the winger suffered a knee injury against Dewsbury.
Wane said: “We’ve had some news. We’ve not had lots of detail. We’ll assess it further on in the week but there’s nothing really sinister in the injury so hopefully it will only be a couple of weeks but we’ll have more of an idea this week.”
Challenge Cup fifth round draw:
Wigan v Hunslet
Leigh v Featherstone
Leeds v St Helens
Warrington v Doncaster
Salford v Widnes
Bradford v Catalan Dragons
Swinton v Keighley
Castleford v Sheffield Eagles
Ties to be played on the weekend of April 26-27