Ashton Sims: Final is least ‘best fans in the league’ deserve

Warrington Wolves have the best fans in Super League and deserve nothing less than a return to Wembley Stadium in this year’s Ladbrokes Challenge Cup.

That is according to Wolves ace Ashton Sims, who is desperate to get past Hull KR in this weekend’s semi-final and give the Halliwell Jones faithful another great day out in the capital.

In an exclusive interview with Ladbrokes News, the giant Aussie prop revealed he is dreaming of a place in the final and says his side have all the motivation they need for a revenge win over the Robins.

Rovers ran out 36-10 winner when the sides met on June 19, but Sims says fans can look forward to an entirely different result this time round.

“That loss gives us more motivation,” he said. “They gave us a thumping at their place a few weeks ago but we’ve looked at the video of their last game and the lads are really determined for that not to happen again.

“We’re a different team to what we were six weeks ago and I think we’re playing with a lot of confidence. It’s a different kettle of fish this weekend – we have to make sure our attitude and preparation is right and has been for the last six weeks.”

Wolves will be without Ben Westwood for Saturday’s clash after the 34-year-old forward received a two-match ban for a shoulder charge on Castleford’s Luke Gale last time out.

Sims is in no doubt that Westwood’s absence is a blow, but claims there are plenty of people willing and able to fill the void.

“Ben’s going to be missed because he’s a quality player and has been one of the best all year, “ he explained.

“It’s nothing new though, we’ve had injury and suspensions to contend with all season and we’ve got guys who are ready to step up and they’ll go out there and give 100 per cent and have Ben’s full support.”

Having been played off the park by Hull in that June meeting Sims is chomping at the bit for revenge, but says success will be as much for the fans as it for him and his team-mates.

“It will mean everything to the fans. I didn’t really realise how big the Challenge Cup was until I got here but the buzz and success we’ve had in recent years is great and the fans will never get sick of that,” he said.

“We have the best fans in the Super League and they give us their full support and we have to do all we can to repay that and reach Wembley.”

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James Curtis

After studying for a degree in journalism and gaining his NCTJ, James contributed to a wide range of papers, online publications and broadcasters including the South London Press, Press Association and Sky Sports News before joining the Ladbrokes News team.