Barrow Raiders forward relishing “doable” Challenge Cup upset

Charlie Emslie Barrow Raiders
Charlie Emslie in action for Barrow Raiders

Barrow Raiders forward Charlie Emslie insists there is no reason why they can’t cause a Challenge Cup upset against Super League side Huddersfield.

The Championship side will welcome Super League big-hitters Huddersfield to Craven Park on Sunday afternoon in the sixth round of the Challenge Cup.

“It’ll be a tough ask but a wonderful day for everyone involved at the club,” Emslie told Love Rugby League.

“For the younger lads like myself, it’ll be a great experience to play against a Super League team. 

“Hopefully we’ll get a lot of people there and plenty of money generated for the club. 

“It’s a big draw, but it’s still doable in our eyes. I don’t see why we can’t compete with the best.

“They (Huddersfield) will certainly know about us, and I don’t think they’ll come with a weak side. They’ll want to prove a point and show how well they can perform against us.”


Barrow won promotion to the Championship last season as they clinched the League 1 title.

And the Raiders are flying in the second tier, with Paul Crarey’s side yet to lose a game in 2022. They’ve won five and drawn one in the Championship so far.

And Emslie believes Barrow have momentum on their side.

He continued: “The whole feeling around the dressing room is amazing. Everyone’s buzzing constantly and confidence is sky high at the moment, but we’re still taking each game as it comes.

“Some people were saying that they were just expecting us to survive relegation, but we’ve had a perfect start. 

“We’ve had a good run of games and still haven’t played the likes of Leigh and Featherstone yet, but with the confidence we’ve got, I can’t see why we can’t get results (against these teams).”

There are three more Championship clubs who have been drawn to Super League opposition in the sixth round.

Barrow’s Cumbrian rivals Whitehaven host Super League champions St Helens. Sheffield Eagles take on Hull whilst Featherstone face a trip to Perpignan to face Catalans Dragons.

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About Drew Darbyshire 7878 Articles
Love Rugby League Deputy Editor. Joined the site ahead of the 2017 World Cup and been a full-time reporter since 2018.

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