Wakefield Wildcats: Hull FC trip to bring back fond memories of Challenge Cup for Wildcats boss Agar

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Wakefield Trinity Wildcats’ Tetley’s Challenge Cup fifth round trip to Hull FC will bring back fond memories of the prestigious competition for Richard Agar.

The Wildcats boss won the world-famous competition in 2005 when he was assistant coach with the Black and Whites before leading Hull to a Wembley final against St Helens three years later.

Agar has faced Hull a number of times with Wakefield since his departure but the fifth round clash, which is due to be played over the weekend of May 11-12 at the KC Stadium, will be the first time he has locked horns with his old club in the cup.

“It’s an interesting one,” said Agar, who already has strong links with the competition thanks to his father, Allan, guiding Featherstone Rovers to a famous Challenge Cup final victory over Hull in 1983.

“The natural angle is that I used to coach Hull FC so I’m quite ready and prepared that that will be a line of questioning that I’m going to get over the next three or four weeks, but I’ve got terrific memories of the Challenge Cup as a Hull FC coach.

“I went there in 2005 and won it as assistant and then we went back in 2008 when I coached them. We didn’t win on the day but it was a tremendous Challenge Cup final against St Helens so I’ve got good memories of that.”

The Airlie Birds beat Wildcats in the semi-final at the Keepmoat Stadium to book their final date at Wembley against Saints in 2008.

Now Agar will be looking to steer Wakefield into the last eight of the competition and although he knows a tough test lies in wait, he is confident his men have the qualities to progress.

“Looking at the tie on its merits, their form has picked up over the last two or three weeks and they’re running into a bit of form,” said the Wakefield boss.

“They’ve got some real quality players, some match-winning players, and their record at the KC Stadium has been a good one over the last 18 months if not a bit longer than that.

“It’s a tough tie but it’s not a tie that we think is beyond us either. It’s tie that, if we can get our best game on the field, we know we’ve got the personnel to trouble teams.”