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CHALLENGE CUP QUARTER-FINALS MATCH PREVIEW | Hull Kingston Rovers vs Warrington Wolves

The historic Challenge Cup competition has come down to it’s last eight teams. Here’s everything you need to know about this upcoming fixture…

 

TEAM FORM GUIDE

Hull KR

The Red Robins haven’t had the best Super League campaign as they are currently in a relegation battle with Leeds Rhinos and London Broncos.

However, this month they have won a couple of games against Salford Red Devils both in Challenge Cup and Super League when it was Anfield for Magic Weekend.

Hull KR still remain second-from-bottom and two points adrift from bottom side London.

Warrington

The Wolves on the other hand have displayed the strength and character that has kept them in contention for the Grand Final play-offs.

Although they have slipped points against Hull FC, Salford, Catalan Dragons and finally St Helens, who they have been chasing for the League Leaders Shield all season so far.

Meaning Warrington are currently second and six points below Saints.

 

SQUAD NEWS

Hull KR

Tim Sheens has made just one change has been made to the preliminary team, with captain Joel Tomkins suspended for the KCOM Craven Park fixture for a Grade B offence of dangerous contact.

Young forward Owen Harrison comes into the reckoning but Sheens sticks largely with the same squad that collected a narrow 22-20 victory over Salford Red Devils at last week’s Magic Weekend at Anfield.

Hull KR’s 19-man squad: Hall, Crooks, Keinhorst, Shaw, McGuire, Mulhern, Lunt, Masoe, Hauraki, Garbutt, Atkin, Addy, Lawler, Lannon, Linnett, Drinkwater, Dagger, Harrison, Maria.

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Warrington

Head coach Steve Price has named an unchanged squad following last week’s Magic Weekend win over Wigan.

Warrington’s 19-man squad: Akauola, Austin, Charnley, D Clark, J Clark, Cooper, Currie, Davis, Goodwin, Hill, Hughes, King, Lineham, Livett, Mamo, Murdoch-Masila, Patton, Philbin, Walker.

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HEAD TO HEAD

This year Warrington have gained 82 points in terms of tries whereas Rovers have managed 20. Warrington have also been undefeated against Hull KR for five consecutive games.

The last time Rovers had beaten the Wolves at their Craven Park was back in 2015 where they put 36 points past them.

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KEY BATTLE

Danny McGuire (Hull KR) v Blake Austin (Warrington)

It goes without mention that the latter has been the signing of the season for his side as he has become the top try scorer in Super League with 16 and will look to continue that momentum into the Challenge Cup.

The former hasn’t featured on the scoresheet that much this season, despite holding the record as the all-time leading try scorer in Super League history.

But Danny McGuire will be stepping up to the plate as he looks to wear the captain’s armband due to Joel Tomkin’s suspension.

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THE IMPORTANT DETAILS

Date: Friday 29th May 2019
Venue: KCOM Craven Park
Kick-off: 7:35pm
Referee: Robert Hicks

 

WHO WILL WIN?

The odds are hugely in favour of the away side but the key battle between McGuire and Austin does spice it up a little. Meaning it will be a huge win for both McGuire and Rovers if they can overcome the odds. Warrington to win, but I think it will be close.



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