Plenty of respect on show between Wigan and York ahead of Challenge Cup tie

There has been plenty of respect on show between Wigan and York ahead of their Challenge Cup tie on Friday night.

The Warriors, bidding to end an eight-year barren run in the competition, travel to York’s new LNER Community Stadium for their third round clash.Wigan have begun the 2021 Super League campaign with successive victories over newly promoted Leigh, where they trailed 18-0 after 27 minutes, and Wakefield, while York suffered a disappointing 21-6 home defeat to Toulouse in their Championship opener.However, Lam, who spoke of his admiration for Friday’s opponents and city in the build-up to the tie, insists he will not take James Ford’s side lightly, even if no tipster is predicting a surprise.

Lam said: “A big focus for us this week is just making sure… the word ‘respect’ comes to mind, for the competition, for our opposition and for ourselves.

“We know it’s going to be a tough day, I don’t think many people are giving York much of a chance, which is unfair, and I think York will thrive off that.

“In regards to rugby league, it (York) is a city, a team, that’s heading in the right direction and great for our sport.”

York coach James Ford (photo courtesy of York City Knights)

York will be without former Wakefield captain Danny Kirmond for the match, but head coach Ford will be able to turn to experienced campaigners Ben Jones-Bishop, Adam Cuthbertson and Ryan Atkins to guide his injury-hit Knights.

Ford said: “It’s a great honour. Wigan are famous club, famous players and I grew up watching Adrian play for Wigan so we’re really excited by it and looking forward to the challenge.

“We applied for Super League because we wanted to play games against teams like Wigan week in and week out, but we are aware that brings a challenge and the ups and downs when you play clubs of that ability. It’s an opportunity for us to grow our reputation as an organisation.”

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