Friday, 23 August 2013

Challenge Cup Final Sees Wigan Play Hull

Back in October, 40 teams played in the First Qualifying round with the dream of gracing Wembley in a showpiece final and across the year a further 56 teams have taken part in the quest for glory but tomorrow sees the remaining two sides meet in a repeat of the classic '85 final.

Hull FC and Wigan Warriors face off to become the 2013 Challenge Cup winners with Wigan looking for their nineteenth title and Hull their fourth while also hoping to avenge the defeat they suffered in the 1985 clash.

Wigan go into the final as favourites after they eased past London but many neutrals will favour Hull after the amazing performance they showed in crusing over Warrington in the semi final in what was a shock result with a Wigan/Warrington final being the prediction at the start of the season.

Wigan welcome back Darrell Goulding and captain Sean O'Loughlin with the latter being a factor for many as to why Wigan have had such bad recent form but the squad picked is as strong as is possible so there should be no excuses this time round.

Hull recall Mark O'Meley, Richard Horne and Ben Crooks but Joe Arundel and the influential Tom Lineham are missing due to injury and are also likely to miss the 'rematch' between the two sides in the Super League on Friday.

Wigan - Josh Charnley, Dom Crosby, Gil Dudson, Liam Farrell, Ben Flower, Darrell Goulding, Blake Green, Harrison Hansen, Jack Hughes, Michael McIlorum, Lee Mossop, Sean O'Loughlin, Pat Richards, Matty Smith, Scott Taylor, Iain Thornley, Logan Tomkins, Sam Tomkins, Chris Tuson

Hull -Briscoe, Crookes, Crooks, Ellis, Green, Heremaia, Horne, Holdsworth, Houghton, Lynch, Miller, O'Meley, Pitts, Shaul, Tickle, Watts, Westerman, Whiting, Yeaman

Form goes out of the window when it comes to the cup and for Wigan that is a blessing but I think that with a number of players who have experienced major finals, they will come away as winners so I am going for Wigan 30 Hull 18