Michael Monaghan: Warrington target back-to-back Cup successes

Michael Monaghan

Michael Monaghan says winning a second consecutive Challenge Cup is motivation enough for holders Warrington Wolves to reach Wembley again in August.

The Wire, who on Sunday, also won the competition in 2009 and 2010 and are among the favourites in 2013.

"Despite having won three, it doesn't get old. The incentive to win is still there," he told BBC Radio Merseyside.

"We've gone back-to-back once before and we'd like to do that once again."

Monaghan won the Lance Todd Trophy for his man-of-the-match performance in Warrington's 2009 Challenge Cup success against Huddersfield Giants.

It proved to be the catalyst for a period of almost uninterrupted success for Tony Smith's side, who claimed Super League's Leaders' Shield in 2011 - the only year in the past four that they failed to reach Wembley.

Last August, they beat to claim a third Challenge Cup in four seasons.

Ambitious Salford hope to start challenging for trophies in the near future, although they lie bottom of Super League at the halfway point of the season.

However, Australian hooker Monaghan and coach Smith believe the Reds will be dangerous opposition.

"We showed in 2009, when we won our first one, that you don't have to be flying in Super League to be able to lift the Challenge Cup," said Monaghan.

"A lot of people will look at the Super League standings and assume it's going to be an easy day out for us. If we turn up with that attitude, Salford will fancy their chances."

Smith added: "We've had some fantastic memories from years ago and I think that does inspire you, but it's about concentrating on each and every round.

"We've been pretty good at that in the past and this week we'll be concentrating in our roles in what will be a very dangerous fixture for us."

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