Warriors drawn against Robins

Shaun Wane with the Challenge Cup
Shaun Wane with the Challenge Cup

WIGAN will host Hull KR in the sixth-round of the Challenge Cup.

Warriors’ game against the Robins is one of just three all-Super League ties.

Shaun Wane guided his hometown club to Wembley glory two years ago and is determined to do it again.

He said: “The final in 2013 was one of the best days of my life. I can’t tell you what it means to me – it’s massively important and we want to get back to Wembley and win the Cup again.

“But we also recognise Hull KR are a very good team, since beating us they’ve knocked off a few top teams, and we’ll do our homework before then.”

Chris Chester’s Hull KR beat Wigan 22-20 earlier this season and are currently 8th in the table but with the same points as three teams above them, who have all played an extra game.

The sixth round of the Cup takes place on the weekend of May 15-17, a week before the Warriors travel to France to face Catalans Dragons – the first of four straight Super League games on the road.

“We’re away from home for a month at that time, so it’s nice for the fans that our Cup game is at home,” added Wane.

“Hopefully we get a good turn-out and they cheer us on.

“We’ve been in good form at home this season.”

The Challenge Cup structure was adjusted this year to accommodate a more congested Super League campaign. Last season’s top-eight clubs only enter at the sixth round – a stage later than in the past, meaning clubs like Wigan only need to win three games to reach Wembley.

The draw – made by Wigan legend Shaun Edwards and Nathan McAvoy on BBC News yesterday evening – has thrown up some interesting ties.

Championship outfit Leigh, who beat Salford last Saturday, will fancy their chances of beating top-flight opposition again when they travel to Wakefield. Hull FC face Castleford and Leeds take on Huddersfield.

Wigan will get an early taste of what to expect in the Cup when they host Hull KR in a Super League match next Friday.

Before then, they travel to Wakefield this Thursday for a Sky-televised encounter looking for their first victory on the road this year.

Full draw: Widnes v Batley, Leeds v Huddersfield, Hull FC v Castleford, Wigan v Hull KR, Catalans v Featherstone, St Helens v York, Wakefield v Leigh, Dewsbury v Warrington.