Powell warns Hawks holders won’t go soft

Wigan player Sam Powell
Wigan player Sam Powell
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SAM Powell has warned Hunslet not to expect any special treatment when the Hawks land at the DW Stadium on Sunday.

Hunslet are currently top of Championship One, and reached Sunday’s fifth round by springing a shock 27-10 defeat on Championship outfit Workington Town.

But the last time Wigan faced a side from that division, North Wales Crusaders were handed a 98-4 pounding in the 2012 fourth round and Powell thinks Warriors are ready to perform again on Sunday following their 84-6 thrashing on Bradford on Easter Monday.

“Everything stays the same,” he said.

“We started at 100 miles an hour against Bradford and the coaches still do their bit – we’ll talk about the same thing on Sunday – starting well.”

Powell is running back up to speed since marking his return from an ankle injury with an appearance off the bench against London Broncos earlier this month. And he got himself on the scoresheet against the Bulls on Monday.

“It’s great to be back and always good to get over the line – hopefully I’ll get a few more this year,” he added.

Despite some perceiving the task at hand for Wigan on Sunday as low-key, Powell is keen to face the twice winners of the competition because of the prestige of the Cup.

“You don’t think about those things so early in the year but Wembley is probably one of the best weekends of your life,” he added.

Wigan haven’t played Hunslet since beating them 62-10 in 1988.

l LOGAN Tomkins’ loan to Salford Red Devils has been extended to the end of the season.

The 21-year-old hooker linked-up with Salford two weeks ago on an initial month-long loan deal.

He will be eligible to play for Dr Marwan Koukash’s club, coached by ex-Warriors assistant Iestyn Harris, in this year’s Challenge Cup and will also be able to face his parent club when the sides meet on May 22 and August 1.

Warriors rugby manager Kris Radlinski said: “Logan has enjoyed his initial month and is getting regular football under Iestyn Harris and after in depth discussions with the player it has been agreed that this agreement benefits Wigan, Salford and Logan.”

“We have excellent cover here at Wigan with George Williams and Sam Powell who have impressed in recent performances in our first team and the season loan also provides stability for him for the rest of the year. Logan will continue to be monitored by our staff and we are very confident that he will do a great job for Salford.”