Prop Kyle Amor hopes Wakefield Trinity Wildcats can spoil Hemel Stags’ big day out at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium on Saturday (kick-off 6pm).
Hemel visit Wakefield in the fourth round of the Tetley’s Challenge Cup as massive underdogs just months after being admitted into Kingstone Press Championship 1.
Amor admits to not knowing a great deal about Saturday’s opposition but says he is happy with the draw and is confident Wildcats can progress to the next round.
“Not really, just that they’re a new outfit,” he said of his knowledge of the Stags.
“For them to come here I’m sure they’re all pretty excited. They’ll be pretty keen to play a Super League side so it’ll be a good day out for them but hopefully we’ll spoil it for them.
“For us as a group and as a club we’re pretty happy with the draw that we’ve got and hopefully we can chalk that off and progress through to the next round.”
The game was initially scheduled to take place at Hemel’s Pennine Way ground but has instead been moved to Wakefield. It is a move that will suit both clubs down to the ground, according to Amor.
The Cumbrian commented: “It’s not ideal travelling all the way down there so to have it up here it helps us and I suppose it helps them, that’s why they’ve rearranged the fixture.”
Stags, coached by Troy Perkins, have made an impressive start to their debut season in Championship 1, winning both of their matches so far.
Their latest success was a slender 21-20 victory over Gateshead Thunder at the weekend, a win that left Stags second in the table and saw Mick Forgham awarded the Premier Sports Try of the Week.
Wildcats drew Leeds Rhinos at the same stage of the competition last year and Amor is grateful for a kinder draw 12 months on.
“I think anyone would prefer to avoid the so-called bigger teams,” he said.
“To get the easy run through would be ideal but at some point you’ve got to play the top sides and that’s what cup rugby is all about. It’s just a one-off game and it just depends on how you turn up on that day. Anyone can beat anyone so we’ll just take it as it comes.”
The former Whitehaven player was hoping the draw for the fourth round of the competition pitted him with a meeting against his old club.
Instead, he will be keeping a watchful eye on the Cumbrian derby between Haven and Workington Town and possibly even attending the match on Sunday to support his hometown club.
“It would have been nice if we could have got a draw against Whitehaven, I’m sure a lot of players look out for their old clubs so that would have been nice,” he commented.
“If I don’t go to watch it I’ll certainly be keeping an eye out for the score. I don’t really want Workington to win, I’m Whitehaven through and through!”