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Preview: Warrington v Whitehaven (C. Cup R5)
A host of old friends will become rivals on Sunday afternoon as Warrington Wolves take on Whitehaven RL at The Halliwell Jones Stadium.
The Cumbrian NL1 side will make the trip to Cheshire for the fifth round of the Powergen Challenge Cup and their will be a sense of familiarity on the pitch and in the dugouts.
Wolves coach Paul Cullen, who coached the Cumbrian side before returning to Wilderspool will be looking forward to welcoming his former employers, while Warrington?s Cumbrian born Senior Academy Coach Gary Chambers will be plotting the downfall of his brother Craig who is expected to take the field for Haven.
Commenting on the draw Paul Cullen said "This will certainly be an exciting fixture for all concerned. Wolves supporters can rest assured that we will be giving Whitehaven the respect they deserve and I do not intend to rest any players for this game. I know quite a lot about the Whitehaven squad including many of the players I have worked with in the past. This promises to be a traditional cup tie for all the supporters."
The two teams have only ever met twice before in the Challenge Cup, once in 1970 when Warrington took the victory 20-4 and in 2004 in the Quarter-Final stage with the Wolves again taking a victory, 42 points to 10.
- courtesy Wolf Web
Powergen Challenge Cup Fifth Round
Warrington Wolves vs Whitehaven RL
Kick-Off 4pm at The Halliwell Jones Stadium
Warrington 20-man squad:
Stuart Reardon, Henry Fa'afili, Martin Gleeson, Brent Grose, Richie Barnett, Lee Briers, Michael Sullivan, Paul Wood, Jon Clarke, Mark Hilton, Logan Swann, Paul Noone, Ben Westwood, Mark Gleeson, Simon Grix, Steve Pickersgill, Danny Lima, Chris Riley, Andy Bracek, Ben Harrison.
Whitehaven squad (from):
Neil Baynes, Gary Broadbent, Craig Calvert, Craig Chambers, Mark Deans, John Duffy, Derry Eilbeck, David Fatialofa, Howard Hill, Marc Jackon, Rob Jackson, Leroy Joe, John Lebbon, Aaron Lester, Steve Maden, Graeme Mattinson, Scott McAvoy, Chris McKinney, Spencer Miller, Paul O'Neil, Carl Rudd, David Seeds, Carl Sice, Steve Trindall, Craig Walsh, Ricky Wright.