Kings wants Wolves to be greats

Warrington winger Matt King believes a second consecutive Carnegie Challenge Cup final triumph could well establish the Wolves as one of the sport’s all-time great teams.

Speaking ahead of their semi-final date with Catalans Dragons at the Stobart Stadium, Widnes, on Sunday August 8, King commented:  “St Helens did it three years in a row before we went up there last year. Doing things back-to-back really cements you as a successful team.

“I’d love to think that this group, which will be similar to those who went down to London last year, can be successful again and it would be great to be a part of it,” added King who is fast becoming used to playing in the big games.

“We’re putting a lot of things in place here to hopefully hold our stead in these sort of big games and I’d love to think we can get all our fans back down to Wembley.”

King scored a hat-trick of tries in last season’s Carnegie Challenge Cup semi-final against Wigan at the Stobart Stadium but he puts that down to being in the right place at the right time.

“Scoring tries is nice but the way we performed that day as a team was more pleasing than anything,” he said. “If we can play well together then things like scoring tries and scoring hat-tricks comes to one lucky person on the day and last year I was lucky it was me.”

The Australian three-quarter is also wary of the confidence boost received by the French side in their 29-28 Engage Super League Round 23 win over Warrington.

“It might give those guys down there in Catalan, who aren’t travelling so well in the Super League, a bit of confidence and that’s a scary thing when you’re coming into a do-or-die game,” he said.

“We have to be right on our toes and it might be the little kick up the backside we actually need going into a big game like that because complacency now is straight out the window and we know what to expect.”

King’s trademark Afro-style haircut is now confined to the barber shop floor but he’s convinced that the streamlined look has not shaved a few seconds off his pace.

“I’m slow as an old coach the older I seem to be getting. It’s just a haircut. I still have to catch the ball with my hands and kick it with my feet so the haircut doesn’t matter too much,” he added.

Tickets for the Carnegie Challenge Cup semi-final between Warrington Wolves and Catalans Dragons at the Stobart Stadium, Widnes, on Sunday August 8 (3.30pm), are priced from £18 (£5 concessions) and are on sale from the RFL Ticket Office on 0844 8561113 or by visiting www.rugbyleaguetickets.co.uk.

Tickets for the Carnegie Challenge Cup final at Wembley on Saturday August 28 cost from just £21 and are available from the RFL Ticket Office on 0844 8561113 or by visiting www.rugbyleaguetickets.co.uk.

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