Challenge Cup preview: Sheffield Eagles v London Broncos
Last Updated: 12/07/13 7:18pm
Sheffield Eagles host Super League's bottom club London Broncos at the Don Valley Arena on Friday in the Challenge Cup quarter-final.
The tie has all the ingredients to provide a shock as the Eagles top the Championship winning all but two games this season.
It is this winning habit coupled with the Broncos familiarity with defeat that has given Sheffield captain Mitch Stringer the belief that his side can provide an upset.
"If London are not worried, they should be; we have a very good chance of winning. They're in the habit of losing but we're in the habit of winning," he told the Sheffield Star.
Stringer knows that his former club will want to progress to the semi-finals though as they look to boost their season and is sure they have the right coach in Tony Rea to put real pressure on the Eagles.
"Tony is a very smart coach who looks at the small things in the game," said the prop forward.
"He'll be concentrating on London because they haven't won too many games. He'll concentrate on what they can do right more than what we can do."
Rae and his Broncos side will be boosted by the return of Tony Clubb who returns having missed the last three games through injury.
Olsi Krasniqi and Mike McMeeken also come into the 19-man squad as Erjon Dollapi, Jacob Fairbank and Ryan Shaw miss out.
The London coach is looking forward to the distraction of the cup after a difficult time in Super League.
"We're back into cup football and our cup form has been good. We've had great intent, great purpose and we've respected every challenge and every contest inside of the cup, and we'll be doing that again on Friday," said Rea.
Sheffield Eagles (probable) squad: Laulu-Togagae; Turner, Yere, Armstrong, Taulapapa; Walker, Brambani; Battye, Henderson, Stringer, Knowles, Szostak, Hirst, Davey, Roche, Green, Garside
London Broncos squad: Bryant, Clubb, Dorn, Fisher, Kaufusi, Krasniqi, Lee, Lloyd, McMeeken, Melling, O'Callaghan, Robertson, Sarginson, Soward, Rodney, Woodburn Hall, Wheeldon, Wicks, Witt
Ladbrokes Challenge Cup
Sat 21st Mar - Fourth Round
Normanton Knights6 - 78Batley Bulldogs
Leigh Miners32 - 6Oxford
Whitehaven RLFC12 - 36Featherstone Rovers
Sun 22nd Mar - Fourth Round
Barrow16 - 56Halifax RLFC
Crusaders40 - 12Doncaster RLFC
Bradford Bulls74 - 6Workington
Dewsbury Rams28 - 18Newcastle Thunder
Gloucestershire All Golds10 - 28Hunslet
Sheffield Eagles44 - 20Oldham
Swinton30 - 12Rochdale Hornets
Sat 18th Apr - Fifth Round
Leigh Miners0 - 0York
Leigh Centurions0 - 0Salford Red Devils
Sun 19th Apr - Fifth Round
Crusaders0 - 0Featherstone Rovers
Batley Bulldogs0 - 0Swinton
Bradford Bulls0 - 0Hull K R
Hunslet0 - 0Dewsbury Rams
Sheffield Eagles0 - 0Hull FC
Wakefield Wildcats0 - 0Halifax RLFC
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