Challenge Cup Final Tips: Wolves to triumph at Wembley again
Phil Spink takes a look at the Challenge Cup Final and is backing Warrington Wolves to lift the famous trophy again...
"Coach Steve Price looks to be building something special at Warrington and it can be "their year" again at Wembley"
Take the Wolves to slay the Dragons at Wembley
Catalans Dragons vs Warrington Wolves
Saturday 25, August 15:00 BST
Live on BBC One UK
Warrington Wolves can lift the Challenge Cup for the fourth time in nine years in Saturday's Wembley extravaganza.
"It's always our year", is the chant often flung at the Wolves supporters, and while the league continues to elude them they've made the Challenge Cup their own in the last decade, lifting the iconic trophy in 2009, 2010 and 2012, and going down narrowly to Hull in the final two years ago.
They head back to Wembley sitting fourth in the Super 8s table, looking good for a place in the semi-finals, and have been thrilling to watch as they've progressed through the Challenge Cup, notching up 191 points in four games. They nilled Wigan in the quarters before mercilessly dispatching their old Cup-rivals Leeds 48-12 at Bolton.
Ben Murdoch-Masila has scored in the last three rounds and the powerful back rower, who struck twice against the Dragons back in March, should be backed to cross the whitewash again.
The resurgence of the Catalans Dragons has been one of the success stories of the year.
Bottom of Super League as they visited York in round five of the Challenge Cup, a 34-22 win over their spirited League 1 opponents proved to be the start of a turnaround and a fantastic run that saw them clinch a place in the Super 8s.
After seeing off Whitehaven in round six, and then the Huddersfield Giants, the Dragons saved their very best for the semi-finals, stunning the league-leaders St Helens 35-16.
They've conceded 91 points in their two subsequent matches in the Super 8s, which is hardly the ideal preparation for a trip to Wembley, although coach Steve McNamara has been at pains to rotate his side and you expect to see a performance more in keeping with the St Helens game now.
The Dragons make their second Challenge Cup final appearance having lost 30-8 to St Helens in 2007. Remi Casty and Vincent Duport are the two survivors who should figure again 11 years on.
This should be a thrilling contest but the Challenge Cup pedigree of the Warrington Wolves has to tip the scales in their favour.
As many as 11 players who have played in the final previously could feature for them, notably the evergreen Ben Westwood, who is seeking a fourth winners' medal.
Coach Steve Price looks to be building something special at Warrington and it can be "their year" again at Wembley. Back them to cover the six-point handicap.