Hemel Stags head coach Troy Perkins says his men have nothing to fear ahead of their Challenge Cup fourth round tie at Wakefield Trinity Wildcats on Saturday (kick-off 6pm).
Stags will be big underdogs to cause a cup shock at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium and Perkins, who has guided his men to two wins from two in Hemel’s first-ever season in Kingstone Press Championship 1, says that can only be a good thing for his side.
“We’ve nothing to fear against Wakefield,” said the Australian.
“We know there’s no pressure on us. We’re not expected to win. I just want our players to go out there and compete and we’ll enjoy the moment and work hard - this is the cup and it’s anyone’s game.”
He added: “To be in the mix at this stage is great for the club and it doesn’t get much bigger or better than drawing Super League opposition.
“Wakefield are a great club so the experience for our guys to play against them will be fantastic.
“Most of our players have never been in the situation to play against players of this calibre before and they may never be in the situation again.
“Wakefield have some world class players like Tim Smith, Ali Lauitiiti and Justin Poore and to be on the same field as those players and test ourselves against them is a huge opportunity.”
Stags saw off community club Ince Rose Bridge in the last round, meaning they go into Saturday’s game on the back of three straight wins in all competitions.
The Pennine Way club have enjoyed a superb start to life in Championship 1, with two wins from two so far, the latest a slender 21-10 win over Gateshead Thunder at the weekend.
“Championship One is clearly our focus but it’s a massive bonus to be going up against Wakefield,” he said.
“The lads will all be pushing hard in training to get selected in the team for the game and as long as we make our tackles, keep hold of the ball and complete our sets then who knows what can happen.”