11th May 2019, 10:24 | Warrington

Wolves excited for Challenge Cup

Wolves excited for Challenge Cup

Warrington Wolves coach Steve Price believes the Coral Challenge Cup has arrived at a good time for his in-form Betfred Super League team.

The Wolves remain hot on the heels of table-topping neighbours St Helens after winning their last three matches but on Sunday take a break from the league when they play Wigan Warriors for a place in the last eight of the cup.

“I think it’s come at a good time to be honest,” Price said. “We’re 14 games in now and we flip over to Challenge Cup mode so it’s been refreshing.

“I’ve seen a bit of an upbeat atmosphere and attitude to the change this week, being cup week. We’ll be ready for it.”

The teams are meeting for the third successive year in the cup and Wigan will be out to atone for the 23-0 defeat by Warrington in last season’s quarter-finals.

Price’s men went on to reach Wembley, where they suffered a 20-14 defeat by Catalans Dragons, and are determined to go one better in 2019.

“Everyone’s goal is to get there again and win it but we’re not thinking anything like that at the moment, it’s just about this week,” said Price.

“It’s going to be another great challenge. We’ve been playing some really good football of late.”

Price says he will disregard his side’s 25-12 league win over Wigan at the Halliwell Jones Stadium in March and his opposite number Adrian Lam believes his side will be better prepared, having won their last three matches and conceding just one try in the last two.

“We went there with a completely different team when we played them last time,” said Lam, who won the cup with Wigan as a player in 2002.

“Our defence has been outstanding over the last couple of weeks but this weekend will be the best test of that.

“We’ve got to match them with aggression, make sure that our attitude is correct and be prepared to play. They are a great side, they have been for a coupe of years now.”

Warrington are 7-2 with the competition sponsors to win at Wembley, behind 11-4 favourites St Helens, who open their campaign at Huddersfield Giants in the last match of round six on Sunday evening.

Saints triumphed 40-12 over the lowly Giants at the John Smith’s Stadium in March but coach Justin Holbrook believes the cup is a great leveller, pointing to his side’s semi-final defeat by the Catalans last August.

“It puts everyone on a level playing field due to the fact everyone knows they can win three games to get to Wembley,” said Holbrook.

“Catalans proved last year that you don’t have to be consistent, you just have to pick your mark and play well on the day so that is the way Huddersfield will approach it.

“When sides aren’t sitting high in the Super League table it gives them more incentive to go for another bit of silverware and everybody wants to win the Challenge Cup so it’s going to be a tough game.”