London Broncos captain Matt Cook insists that defeat in the Tetley’s Challenge Cup semi-final last year has only made him want to experience Cup glory all the more but is aware his team have a tough task to face in the fourth round against Catalan Dragons tonight (8.00pm).
London lost 70-0 to Wigan Warriors at the semi-final stage of the competition in 2013 and have now been drawn away to the French team. Cook is hoping that his side will progress to the fifth round so he will be one step closer to achieving his dream.
“Losing in the semi-final last year was one of the lowest moments of my career,” said Cook. “Feeling that heartache has spurred me on even more so to do well this year.
“It would be my dream to play in the Challenge Cup final, it’s such an iconic Cup with lots of history, it’s the competition every player wants to win but I know we have a lot to do before I can think of that.
“Every team is dangerous on their day and Catalan is always a tough place to go to, we know we will have to give it our all.
“We have to be confident going in to the game, we will make sure we have a good week training together and focus on getting to the fifth round.”
Cook is realistic that the Broncos have had a tough start to the season but firmly believes that change is on the horizon.
“The squad hasn’t been together for long but we get on really well.” said Cook.
“Every time we train we are getting better and have a greater understanding of each other’s skills and styles and we know it’s only a matter of time before we gel together on the pitch and hopefully that will be against Catalan.
“There are some exciting times ahead.”
Tickets for the Tetley’s Challenge Cup fourth round tie between Catalan Dragons v London Broncos are priced at €15
Tickets for the 2014 Tetley’s Challenge Cup final at Wembley Stadium on Saturday August 23 cost from as little as £22 and can be purchased by calling the RFL Ticket Office on 0844 856 113 or by visiting www.rugbyleaguetickets.co.uk.
To take advantage of the limited-time seat upgrade offer for the Tetley’s Challenge Cup final, Wembley Stadium on Saturday August 23 please use the promotional code CCF01 to pay the price category below the seat selected (not available on £22 or £77 seats). This offer is currently available until Friday April 18.