Wane - Cas ‘favourites’ for big Cup test

Shaun Wane
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SHAUN Wane reckons Cup holders Wigan may be the underdogs when they face Castleford in the quarter-finals.

The two in-form Super League outfits were paired together in last night’s draw.

Castleford are second in the table and have already beaten Wigan this year.

Yet with the Warriors unbeaten in their last eight, the encounter is shaping as the pick of the round.

Wane, who watched his side overcome Hunslet 52-8 in the fifth round on Sunday, said: “We will need to play well to get past Cas.

“They’ve been outstanding this season and they’ll probably go into the game as favourites.

“I respect what they have done this year. But we’re determined to get back to Wembley and we’ll be doing everything we can to make sure we get the result. The good thing for us is the game is at home, we have a bigger pitch which will suit our game.”

In the other fixtures, Leeds drew Leigh, Warrington travel to Bradford and Widnes host Keighley.

The quarter-finals take place on the weekend of June 7-8.

Two games will be screened live on BBC, one on Saturday and one the following day, both with 2.30pm kick-offs.

LEEDS will be without star hooker Rob Burrow for both of their upcoming matches with Wigan – this Friday at Headingley and the Magic showdown two weeks later. Hooker Paul Aiton is also absent.

Meanwhile, Wigan’s Under-19s will face their Leeds counterparts on Thursday at Stanningley amateur club (kick-off 7.30pm).

ONE of Warriors’ physios, Jo Seddon, has flown Down Under to assist the Samoan squad for this weekend’s Test against Fiji.

She was with the Samoa squad during last year’s World Cup.

No players from Super League are involved in the match, which will determine which side will join Australia, New Zealand and England in the Four Nations tournament later this year.