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Richards keeps Wigan focus on cup

Tom Reynolds 22/07/2011 10:40:43 AM Comments (0)

Former Wests Tigers star Pat Richards insists landing a Super League play-off psychological blow will be the last thing on Wigan's minds when they face Warrington for a Challenge Cup semi-final berth.

Far and away the leading lights in this year's Super League season, Saturday's heavyweight quarter-final clash between the Warriors and the Wolves is widely expected to be a dress-rehearsal for October's grand final.

With just five regular season games left following the Challenge Cup clash Richards and his team could be forgiven for speculating about the usefulness of a humbling defeat on the Wolves' patch this weekend.

But fresh from racking up 20 points in the 48-6 thrashing of Wakefield last weekend Richards insists thoughts of the Super League title will be firmly replaced by Wembley dreams on Saturday.

"It's a massive game for the team because this group has not been to Wembley so that is all we are thinking about," said Richards.

"We have obviously both been right up there in the Super League and played well this year and are going for the title there.

"But that is not something we'll be thinking about this weekend because the Challenge Cup is a massive trophy and it would be great to get ourselves a semi-final spot.

"We know it's not going to be easy though as they are a very dangerous side."

Hull KR coach Justin Morgan is adamant the threat of being shown the Robins' door is not the motivating factor behind his desperation for victory over St Helens.

Morgan's future with the East Yorkshire club has been subject to rumours with speculation suggesting his future could be decided by the Saints clash.

But despite the unrest, Morgan, who has also been linked with New Zealand Warriors, insists the Saints clash is about a team, not personal, victory.

"I am not looking for a result for my own personal situation at all, that would be the wrong motivation to have," he said.

"I will be pleased for the club as a whole and everyone involved.

"To get one step away from Wembley in an indifferent season performance-wise would be an achievement, in the context of the season it is easily the biggest game."

Elsewhere, Hull take on Leeds while former North Queensland Cowboys utility forward David Faiumu is targeting a winning return to Huddersfield action when they travel to Castleford.

Faiumu, 28 has been in out of action for the last three Super League clashes and the 28-year-old's rib injury pain was mirrored on the field for the Giants, they were hammered 36-0 by Bradford last time out.

History is on the side of the Giants with Castleford not having beaten them in a Challenge Cup tie for 76 years - a losing streak Faiumu is desperate to make sure continues this weekend.

"It was tough watching the boys playing at Bradford the other day, I don't like to see them going through something like that," he said.

"I know I can't turn things around on my own, but I'm really keen to get back out there and help us try to get back to some of our best form."

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