JON Sharp insists pride will be at stake when his Featherstone Rovers take on Bradford Bulls in round four of the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup tomorrow (kick-off 3.00pm).
Coach Sharp is readying his Rovers for knock-out action, with Featherstone going to Odsal seeking a place in the fifth-round draw.
Sharp’s side are yet to face the Bulls in 2017 and the former Great Britain assistant boss is expecting a close-contested encounter.
“It is shaping up as a mouthwatering tie - and it is one we are looking forward to,” said the ex-Huddersfield Giants head coach, who is sponsored by Ross Travel.
“This club has a proud history of Challenge Cup success, taking part in it certainly means a great deal to the players and staff.
“Bradford are beginning to find their feet and gain some momentum. Their win over Batley was a massive step forward for them and they will be looking to kick on against us.
“We are expecting a very difficult test. Going to Odsal is never easy, particularly in a knock-out game.
“We very much want to progress, the Challenge Cup is a competition we want to go well in this year, alongside our league campaign.
“The win over Sheffield I felt represented something of a response from our boys, but there is plenty more to come from this team - and it will.
“We recognise Bradford’s threats and I am sure they will be reviewing our threats closely too.
“It is a cliche, but a try one - we need to look after our own performance and not allow the Bulls into an arm wrestle with us.
“We want to go as far as we possibly can in terms of cup progression. Playing against Super League opposition in the next few rounds would certainly benefit us heading into the Qualifiers, which is where we want to be come July.”
Supporters can gain admission at the turnstiles tomorrow, with entry priced at £15 (adults), £10 (concessions) and £5 (juniors).