Wigan Warriors face Salford City Reds at the JJB Stadium on Friday night in the Carnegie Challenge Cup Quarter Final tie, the game has an 8pm kick off.
The Warriors have already defeated the Reds earlier this season in the League at the Willows but Salford are a much improved side in recent weeks.
Wigan go into the game on the back of two defeats against Hull KR and Warrington but the performances in both games showed continued encouraging signs.Looking ahead to the tie Pat Richards told us,
"On the table it doesn’t look like we’ve had the best start but we’ve hit a bit of form recently.
“Salford are going to be very tough. They look to complete their sets and make sure most of their play is at your end of the field.
“We played them at the start of the year and beat them quite comfortably but they’ve had some good form and it’s going to be a totally different game this weekend.”
Wigan has a great tradition in the Challenge Cup but haven't won the competition since 2002. Richards remembers the disappointment of the defeat a couple of years ago against the Dragons,
"When Wembley reopened in 2007, Catalans beat us in the semi finals when everybody was expecting us to win. That was a massive disappointment and it took a while to get over that result. We’re going to have to work very hard this weekend because Salford will be looking to do the same thing to us.”
Although taking each round of the Cup as it comes he added,
“Our fans are great and it would be fantastic to be able to take them back to Wembley. They always turn up for our games in huge numbers and they always talk about the Challenge Cup and the good memories they have. Hopefully we can make some more for them this year."