THE CHALLENGE Cup is an opportunity for Wakefield Trinity Wildcats to do something special this season, fit-again prop Scott Anderson believes.
Wildcats, who are bottom of First Utility Super League, will be at home to Kingstone Press Championship leaders Leigh Centurions in a BBC-televised sixth round tie on Sunday.
Leigh have been beaten just twice in all competitions since the start of last season and are likely to begin as favourites against a Wakefield side who have lost their last 11 top-flight matches.
But this weekend’s winners will be only two victories away from Wembley and Anderson said: “We have got a few guys coming back from injury and that will help. “I will get a bit more game time and hopefully we’ll start to gel a bit together. We will work on a few things and hopefully it could turn out really well for us. We are going into this week looking forward to it and to seeing what we can do.”
Like the fifth round win over Halifax, Sunday is being billed as a rehearsal for the middle-eights, the end-of-season competition between Super League’s bottom-four and the leading Championship quartet.
“We aren’t looking at it that way,” Anderson stressed. “It’s another Challenge Cup game and we want to keep moving on towards maybe the finals, or who knows what can happen? We’re not going to put too much emphasis on it, we’ll just see how we go.”
Anderson played in Wildcats’ opening two games of the season, but suffered a knee ligament injury in the Super League round three defeat at Widnes Vikings, in February. He made his comeback away to Hull KR last week and said: “It’s good to be back playing. After 10 weeks out, watching the boys go through tough times, it’s good to get the first game under my belt and hopefully I can bring something to the team.”
The defeat at Hull KR was the eighth consecutive league game in which Wildcats have conceded 40 or more points, but Anderson said: “Personally, I thought I played pretty solid. At the moment I am trying to get form on the board and start playing some positive rugby. I felt pretty good and hopefully I can build on that for this week’s game. It has been well-documented we’ve had a lot of injuries and people out. It is going to be tough to turn it around, but we are working hard to try to get a positive performance.”
Wildcats’ Matt Ryan has been charged with making a Grade B high tackle on Ben Cockayne in the 48th minute of Thursday’s game.
He is eligible to submit an early guilty plea, which would mean a one-match ban.