Like Father Like Son

Like Father Like Son

  • Oliver Gildart hoping to follow in father’s footsteps

  • Ian Gildart a member of the 1990 Challenge Cup winning side

  • Wigan face Hull in Challenge Cup semi-final on Friday

Oliver Gildart says he is hoping to follow in his father’s footsteps and play for the Warriors in a Challenge Cup Final.

Gildart senior won nine major honours with Wigan including the 1990 Challenge Cup Final when he played as a substitute in the win over Warrington.

The Warriors centre will make his first appearance in a cup semi-final and said:

“It’s all new to me. I played in the Super League semi-final last year so I got a bit of a taste for it then and know it’s a good level of rugby so I’m looking forward to it.

“I’ve got loads of pictures and videos of my dad at Wembley so hopefully I can make it my turn this year.

“It would be unreal to get there so early on in my career and hopefully I’d be able to do it a few more times later on as well.

“My dad’s got a decent record but it’d be nice to beat that. I’ll definitely be trying my best.”

The Warriors go into the game following back-to-back defeats but Gildart remains positive.

“I thought our defence was really good against Saints,” he said.

“Even though we lost, it’s probably the best it’s been all year. We just need to be smarter in our attack and we’ll look to fix that up.”

Gildart says the stature of the game and the location won’t impact him or the team too much.

“It’s a new venue but it’s just like any other away game for us.

“There’s a big prize at the end of it but we just have to do our jobs individually and go and get the job done.”

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