20th April 2018, 17:33 | ChallengeCup

Warrington and Widnes set for Challenge Cup action

Warrington and Widnes set for Challenge Cup action

Warrington Wolves and Widnes Vikings, who have made 30 Ladbrokes Challenge Cup final appearances between them, will face contrasting Betfred League 1 opposition when they get their campaign under way.

The Wolves, who won at Wembley three times in four years under previous coach Tony Smith, host five-times winners Bradford Bulls, while Widnes are at home to Coventry Bears.

The Bulls are now in the third tier of the professional game but are looking good for a return to the Betfred Championship under the guidance of veteran coach John Kear, who masterminded surprise Challenge Cup triumphs for Sheffield Eagles and Hull FC.

Warrington’s former England forward Ben Westwood insists there will be no mercy shown in the fifth-round tie as he eyes another cup run.

“We want to have a crack at everything,” Westwood said. “We’ve had a good run in the cup in recent years but we’ve got our eyes set on some pretty big things this year.

“Obviously you don’t take things lightly.

“We want to put in a really good performance against them.”

Warrington coach Steve Price is set to hand debuts to Eribe Doro, who has only just turned 17, Pat Moran and Luis Johnson, as he rests Daryl Clark, Kevin Brown and Tom Lineham.

Bradford are without recent signings Jy Hitchcox and James Laithwaite, who are ineligible, while Dane Chisholm is suspended and Gregg McNally is out through injury.

Widnes coach Denis Betts is taking the opportunity to give a debut to Papua New Guinea international Stanton Albert and is able to welcome back Patrick Ah Van and Lloyd White from injury for the visit of Coventry.

Hull KR and Catalans Dragons, the other Betfred Super League clubs entering a round early, face Oldham and York City Knights respectively on Sunday.

The sixth-round draw will take place next week featuring the other eight Super League clubs.