Warrington Wolves v Widnes Vikings, a ‘derby’ to light up Wembley

IT'S MY VIEW: Wolves v Vikings, a ‘derby’ to light up Wembley

IT'S MY VIEW: Wolves v Vikings, a ‘derby’ to light up Wembley

First published in Wolves Warrington Guardian: by , Sports Editor

WOLVES against Widnes Vikings would make a great Challenge Cup Final at Wembley on August 23.

Of course, I am biased in that I want Wolves to be there for their fourth final in six years, but if I could have the choice of ‘Clubcall’ for the decider it would be Vikings rather than Castleford Tigers, who of course meet in this weekend’s second semi final at Leigh Sports Village on Sunday.

My reasons are many and varied. For one, the extra spice of a Cheshire ‘derby’ with the ultimate prize at stake is mouth drooling.

I, and I’m sure many other Wolves fans from bygone times, would love the opportunity of revenge for the defeat in the 1975 showdown.

To see an ex-Wolves star and cup winner in Jon Clarke – the current Vikings captain – go up against his old comrades would be a treat in my eyes too.

And potentially Warringtonian Joe Mellor would get a run at Wembley in Widnes colours – another plus!

I appreciate that Garreth Carvell is in the Cas ranks, and therefore would provide some tasty collisions with his ex-Wolves teammates.

But a big thing for me is avoiding playing a team two weeks running.

Wolves and Cas meet in Super League next Friday, and I’ve often seen circumstances where teams cancel each other out the following week – after finding out too much about each other.

Leeds are going to have a lot to say about all this and I’m interested in seeing what they can conjur on Kevin Sinfield’s return from suspension and recalling Jamie Peacock, Ryan Hall, Kallum Watkins, Joel Moon and Ryan Bailey from last week’s ‘rest’.

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