They are no strangers to wrecking reputations in Rugby League’s oldest and most prestigious knockout competition but Andrew Henderson insists Sheffield Eagles will put their faith in present form rather than past glories when they host London Broncos in a Tetley’s Challenge Cup quarter-final at Don Valley Stadium on Friday night (8.00).
The club which famously sprang the biggest shock in Cup history with their Wembley win against Wigan in 1998 go into the tie against opponents who are rooted to the foot of the Super League table in strong form and with an insatiable appetite for success.
“The boys are focused and determined, we know what we have to do,” said the experienced Sheffield hooker. “We know that it’s a big opportunity for us to spread the word of Rugby League in South Yorkshire but our main goal is to make the semi-final draw.
“At the end of the day it’s a Cup competition and anyone can win. We have been in fantastic form this season so our confidence is naturally high. Even though we haven’t played our best in every match we have always found a way to win.
“We believe we can put in a good performance, we know it will have to be our best performance of the season so far to beat London but there’s no reason why we can’t achieve that.
“We have a really strong squad at the Eagles and every player has bought into the ambitions we set out at the start of the season.
“We know London will be targeting this game as a must win and that we are the underdogs, nobody really expects us to win but we have nothing to lose and therefore no pressure on us.
“It’s a great opportunity for rugby league fans across Yorkshire to come and support a Championship club against Super League opposition in the famous Tetley’s Challenge Cup.
“We are hoping to attract a lot of new supporters too, Sheffield is known as being a big sporting city and exciting games like this will only help generate new interest and attract new fans.
“For us to beat the Broncos would be massive for the club, they experienced the glory back in 1998 and it would be great for the club to get through to the semi-finals.
“As a player these are the games you want to be involved in so for now we will look ahead to Friday and who knows what will happen after that?”
Tickets for the Tetley’s Challenge Cup quarter-final, Sheffield Eagles v London Broncos at Don Valley Stadium on Friday July 12 cost from £11 adults, £8 for senior citizens and £3 for students and under-16s and can be purchased by calling the Sheffield Eagles Ticket Office on 0114 261 0326
Tickets for the 2013 Tetley’s Challenge Cup final at Wembley Stadium on Saturday August 24 are now on sale priced from just £21. Visit www.rugbyleaguetickets.co.uk or call 0844 856 1113 for full details.
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