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Crabtree looks to Challenge Cup for a fresh start

Crabtree looks to Challenge Cup for a fresh start

Wednesday 22 Jun 2016 5:51pm

Huddersfield’s Eorl Crabtree is looking to the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup to give the club a positive outlook for the remainder of 2016, following a difficult opening half to the year.

The Giants have struggled in Super League and after the tragic off-field incidences of the past fortnight, the prop is looking to Thursday night’s quarter-final meeting with Wakefield Wildcats at the John Smith’s Stadium (8:00pm), as their turning point.

“It would be huge for the club if we were able to get through to the semi-finals, simply because of the year we’ve had so far,” said Crabtree, a two-time Challenge Cup finalist.

“It’s a massive chance for us to turn an absolutely horrible year, on the field and off the field, into a really positive year because we still have the chance to win a trophy this season.

“We’ve got to think about Wakey first though, we can’t think of the semi-finals yet. It’s alright wanting something to happen and wanting something to change the season but you’ve got to have that willingness to actually do it and go out there and compete.

It has been less than a two weeks since the West Yorkshire rivals met in First Utility Super League and Crabtree is hoping for a more open game this time around.

The Wildcats prevailed in tricky conditions on that occasion, but he feels that Huddersfield are in better shape after their victory over Salford last Friday.

“Wakefield are a good team, they’re well coached and they’re confident as well which makes them hard to beat,” said the 33-year-old.

“Wakefield beat us 10-2 in the last game only a few weeks ago and we were atrocious, we couldn’t even score a try! Last week we scored over 30 points, so we’re in a much better frame of mind.

“This week, we’re a bit more confident because we’ve come off the back of a good win. We’re looking forward to change things a little bit and make everything more positive around the Giants’ camp.”

The schedule for the four Ladbrokes Challenge Cup quarter-finals is as follows:

Thursday June 23 – Huddersfield Giants v Wakefield Trinity Wildcats (Sky Sports, 8.00pm kick-off)

Friday June 24 – Warrington Wolves v Widnes Vikings (BBC Two, 8.00pm kick-off)

Saturday June 25 – Hull FC v Catalans Dragons (Sky Sports, 1.30pm kick-off)

Saturday June 25 – Wigan Warriors v Castleford Tigers (BBC Two, 5.30pm kick-off).

The semi-final draw will also be broadcast on BBC Two on Saturday following the completion of Wigan Warriors v Castleford Tigers.

Tickets for the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup final at Wembley Stadium on Saturday August 27 costs from just £20 and can be purchased by visiting www.rugby-league.com/tickets or calling the Rugby League Ticket Hotline on 0844 856 1113.

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