HALIFAX boss Karl Harrison said he “could not grumble” after his side were paired with South Wales Scorpions in round four of the Carnegie Challenge Cup.
The Championship One outfit, coached by the Australian Dave Clark, the man who steered Barrow to a Grand Final win over Fax in 2009, will host the Shay outfit on the weekend of April 13/15.
“We said we wanted a team from our division or below, and we’ve got that so we cannot grumble,” said the former Test prop, who took Batley to the last-eight of the competition in 2010.
“We’d have liked a home tie, as you always do in knockout competitions, but we’ll take what we’ve been given.
“It’s not going to be an easy game by any stretch of the imagination, they’ll be well drilled and they’ve got some know how and experience in their side.
“I think it’s a good game for them too actually; it’s a chance to measure themselves against a good Championship team and I’m sure they’ll rise to the occasion.”
Harrison spoke after Sunday’s record-breaking 94-4 third round demolition of Humberside amateurs Myton about his ambition to string a good Cup run together to mark the 25th anniversary of Fax’s Wembley win over St Helens.
Four all-Super League ties, plus the possibility of an upset at Post Office Road where Championship winners Featherstone host Castleford, means at least four of the 14 top flight clubs will fall at the next hurdle, with six Championship or Championship One sides guaranteed to be in round five.
Combined, it means the prospects look reasonable if Fax can emerge unscathed from their trip to south Wales.
“It opens things up, absolutely it does,” said Harrison, whose next assignment is Thursday night’s televised league game at Sheffield, when both sides will put 100 per cent records on the line.
“I think it’s an interesting draw.”
Draw: London Broncos v Dewsbury, Widnes v St Helens, Leeds v Wakefield, Whitehaven v Salford, Featherstone v Castleford, Hull FC v Huddersfield, Wigan v North Wales Crusaders, Swinton v Gateshead, Hull KR v Catalan Dragons, Bradford v Doncaster, South Wales Scorpions v Halifax, York v Sheffield Eagles, Keighley v Warrington, Leigh v Rochdale, Oldham v Barrow, Hunslet v Batley. Ties to be played on the weekend of April 13-15.