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Rugby League: Challenge Cup draw evokes giant killing memories [Apr. 14th, 2010|12:34 pm]
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It will bring back legions of memories on Saturday when Sheffield Eagles play Wigan in the Challenge Cup.

Their victory over Wigan at Wembley 12 years ago ranks as the biggest Cup upset ever - although Leigh beating Leeds in 1971 pushes it hard.

The thing I remember about the build-up was Sheffield's absolute confidence that they were going to win.

If I had spent five minutes longer with Mark Aston, he would have convinced me to have a bet on them at 14-1 or whatever and I would still be living happily on the proceeds.

Now Aston is the man who rescued the Eagles from the wreckage of their merger with Huddersfield, their coach and driving force.

He is talking in his irrepressible style about a repeat performance. Can they do it? No…. but don't be surprised if they play out of their skins and make it distinctly awkward.

The draw is not exactly full of giant-killing prospects. If Barrow were at home to a Castleford side currently in some disarray, I think I might fancy them for an upset.

As it is, Cas should have enough, as should Warrington, at home to another in-form Championship side, Featherstone. 

In the big all-Super League ties, I'll go with home advantage and lean towards Hull against Leeds and Huddersfield against Hull KR.

Hopefully, the various deals on tickets will give us some decent crowds and the sense of occasion that the Challenge Cup still deserves.