The Ladbrokes Challenge Cup returns for another round of action as the business here really starts to get serious: the quarter-finals!
We’re narrowed down to eight clubs to see who will face the prospect of a trip to Wembley to compete for the prestigious honour and below are the previews for all four matches to see who will triumph.
Salford Red Devils Vs Wakefield Trinity RLFC
First up is a square-up between two of this season’s surprise packages as Salford host Wakefield at the AJ Bell stadium.
Salford have Mark Flanagan back from injury but Wakefield don’t have as much luck in that department as David Fafita is sidelined with a knee injury.
A tough one to call as yes, Wakefield may have won both meetings already this season but have had the more unfortunate luck with injuries in recent times.
Losing Fafita will hit them hard as he has been superb for them all season so they’ll need a replacement and quick.
Anthony England and Mitch Allgood will have to step up in his absence, but even then, against Salford’s huge pack, they’ll have their work cut out.
Skipper Danny Kirmond is back in contention and so his leadership and guidance will be crucial in helping Wakefield through this difficult period.
Then of course there’s the backs, Mason Caton-Brown and Ben Jones-Bishop have been scoring tries for fun recently as well as proving extra support for the pack with their speed and strength.
Finally, as pivots, Sam Williams and Kyle Wood will need to up their game once again, but Wakefield are still without notable players and here, it might catch up with them.
Salford will be looking for a bounce back following successive home defeats.
They have their share of injuries but have regained a couple back plus retained key man who have helped them through their successful season thus far.
Players like Ben Murdoch-Masila will be crucial as well as Junior Sa’u for size in the back line.
With the help of their numerous pivots in Todd Carney, Robert Lui, Gareth O’Brien and Michael Dobson, all of whom possess excellent kicking games, speed and superb handling, Salford will be difficult to contend with once again.
Too difficult for Trinity on this occasion as Wakefield will come unstuck here, purely on the transition of their injuries and possessing less pivots.
Yes, they recently won this fixture a fortnight back but it is difficult to mimic such heroics in a short space of time, especially given their injuries.
It’ll be a tough game but Salford will return to winning ways and secure their first semi-final berth in Super League history!