Farrell wants to earn part in history

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Wigan Warriors stand-in captain Liam Farrell has called on the club’s current crop of players to earn their place in the history books when they face Huddersfield Giants in the Betfred Challenge Cup on Saturday (Giants 11/5, Warriors 4/11, Tie 20/1 – Match Winner 80 minutes).

The Tottenham Hotspur Stadium will be the venue for Saturday’s Challenge Cup spectacle and Wigan (1/3 – Tournament Outright) will be aiming to claim the spoils for a record-extending 20th time.

Matt Peet’s side will be competing in the final for the first time since 2017, when they lost to Hull FC, and it has been somewhat of a trophy-drought for the Warriors in this event, having last won this competition in 2013.

Not winning the Betfred Challenge Cup for nine years may be fine for some clubs but the Warriors’ long and illustrious history in this tournament adds even more significance and pressure ahead of the clash against Huddersfield (21/10 – Tournament Outright).

No team has lifted the trophy more times than Wigan’s 19, including a run of eight consecutive wins from 1988 to 1995, and Farrell is hoping his side can handle the occasion and add number 20 to the club’s cabinet.

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“You can’t deny the club’s got a rich history with the Challenge Cup,” he told BBC Radio Manchester. “The teams of the late ’80s and early ’90s, they had such dominance.

“This team is trying to make our own history. We’re a completely different set of blokes. They earned their part in history in their own right, and we are trying to make sure we play our part and get our name on the trophy.”

Farrell is also aiming to replicate the feat of distant cousin Andy, who is one of 11 men to have skippered Wigan to Challenge Cup glory, and admits he is honoured by the prospect of leading the team out.

He added: “There are a lot of young, talented players at the club that I’d like to win a Challenge Cup for, and for the fans it’s been a few years. I’m in a different position this time, but it’s the same reward at the end and it’s an exciting one.”

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Author: Lucille White