Cricket fan Sims hopes to hit Hull KR for six at Headingley

Warrington prop Ashton Sims is looking forward to playing at Headingley this Saturday, when the Wolves take on Hull KR in the Challenge Cup semi final.

As a fan of cricket, the choice of venue for the game has some extra significance for Sims, as it is also the home of Yorkshire CCC and has hosted countless iconic internationals over the years.

Add on the venue’s rugby league history, and the venue is special for Sims.

“Headingley is a great place to play at,” he told Love Rugby League.

“Especially with the cricket ground next door, it makes it even more special for someone like me, who’s a massive cricket fan.

“I’ve always heard about Headingley, and I can’t wait to get out there on Saturday, and mix it with the Hull KR boys.”

Hull KR were victorious when the two teams last met in Super League, and Sims admits that he and his team-mates are using the memory of that game as motivation for the Cup tie.

“If you remember six weeks ago, they gave us a bit of thumping at home,” he said.

“That’s something that we’ve talked about, that’s fresh in our minds. We know what they’re capable of.

“That’s the thing with big games like this, you talk to any player, it doesn’t matter what’s happened in the past, it’s about what’s going to happen on that weekend, in that game, and every game is different.

“This is a huge game not just for Hull KR but also for us.

“We’re treating this like the biggest game of our year, and it quite rightly is.”

According to Sims, the Wolves have changed very much for the better in the month and a half since the last time they played the Robins.

“We’re a completely different team to what we were six weeks ago,” he asserted.

“We’ve just got to worry about the way we play.

“We’ve had a lot of success these last six weeks, but the Challenge Cup semi-final is a whole different ball game.

“We’re really looking forward to it.”

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