Gareth Ellis slams post-cup final TV move

James Gordon

Hull veteran Gareth Ellis says the decision to make Challenge Cup winners Warrington play their game against Salford on Thursday night is “mind-boggling”.

The Wolves will travel to the AJ Bell Stadium in what is increasingly looking like a must-win game in the play-off race, just five days after their surprise win over St Helens at Wembley.

In his column in the Yorkshire Post, Ellis said: “It is absolutely ridiculous that Warrington Wolves – the new Challenge Cup winners – are playing again on Thursday night.

“Steve Price’s side put in a terrific display to beat big St Helens at Wembley on Saturday so to now ask them to play back in Super League at Salford on Thursday is just mind-boggling.

“I really can’t get my head around it to think that the Challenge Cup victors – even being the RFL’s showpiece event – are asked to roll out again so soon.

“You should be able to celebrate. Fans do, players do and there is no reason whatsoever that any team involved in the final – the runners-up, too – should ever be expected to play on the following Thursday.”