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Ian Watson and Joey Lussick look ahead to Salford's huge Challenge Cup Final!

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Saturday 17th October marks a historic day for Salford Red Devils, as they play in their first Challenge Cup final in 51 years against Leeds Rhinos at Wembley Stadium. 

The Red Devils were narrowly defeated by Hull KR in the preceding league game and coach Ian Watson spoke to Morson about what it’s like having an intense two-game week ending with a Cup final:

“I’d have liked to have a full week’s training so we could have had a full prep on Leeds but when we talk about it, we’ve played against them twice and we know what they do. We know why they’ve beat us and we know how to fix it up. A lot of it will come down to sheer attitude and desire on the day. Being a one-off game, it doesn’t matter how we play beforehand because the energy of the cup final and the energy of being in that stadium will lift the players”

Watson also discussed what his defining message to his players will be before kick-off:

“Ours will be more of what we’ve been built upon; which is a team spirit, work ethic and a competitive edge about us and it will be to go and show that and what we do. We want to show how much we enjoy being part of a team and really take it to Leeds from the beginning. I’m really confident in our group that we’ll be good come Saturday and that we’ll shock a few more people”

The last time Salford won the Challenge Cup was all the way back in the 1937-38 season and Watson explained how words can’t do it justice for what a trophy of this magnitude would mean to the club and its fans:

“I probably wouldn’t be able to justify what it is because we’ve not won one in that long and haven’t seen that type of success in Salford in such a long period of time. It’d just be that big, I think everyone would go nuts in Salford if we won the cup to be fair”

The hero of the epic semi-final win over Warrington, Joey Lussick, spoke to Salford Red Devils ahead of the game and also reiterated that winning this Cup would be as much for the fans as it is for the team:

“We all know as a club, how much the team means to the people of Salford. We’re a big community club. So, as much as we want to win for ourselves, we also want to win for all the people who have been there through the good times and the bad.”

He continued:

“It comes down to you as a player and us as a team. That’s something we’re really focused on this year – that we really want to win some silverware.”

We at Morson wish everyone at Salford Red Devils the best of luck ahead of tomorrow’s huge Challenge Cup final!