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Returning Raleigh excited about Cup clash

Giants forward Andy Raleigh in the build up to Sunday's eagerly anticipated Challenge Cup Quarter-Final against Castleford admitted he was delighted with his return from a recent knee injury in the 54-4 victory over Wakefield last Sunday.
Returning Raleigh excited about Cup clash
by NRL

Giants forward Andy Raleigh in the build up to Sunday's eagerly anticipated Challenge Cup Quarter-Final against Castleford admitted he was delighted with his return from a recent knee injury in the 54-4 victory over Wakefield last Sunday.

"It was great to be able to contribute to the side, and even better to be part of a really big win. Hopefully now we are coming back into a bit of form. I didn't feel the knee during the game, so hopefully everything is fine now. I was touch and go for the week before and was still feeling it a little bit in training so I think leaving it a week was the right thing to do. Thankfully I came through with no problems and have trained since, so I'm happy with the way it's gone."

Raleigh knows that the Tigers will be arriving at the Galpharm Stadium confident of their own progression through to the last 4 of the competition.

"Castleford are a very good side, and they have recorded some good wins so far this year, so we know we are going to have to be at our best to get the victory. They are going to want to progress to the semi-finals every bit as much as us so we know it will be a tough game.

"They have some great attacking players and are quite a good side to watch; even when they lose they are always the more entertaining side. They like to throw the ball around and we need to be at our best in defence and if can replicate the defence from last week we will give ourselves a chance in attack."

After being a losing finalist with the Giants in 2006, Raleigh is determined to go one better at the national stadium.

"Playing in front of 70,000 plus fans is brilliant anywhere but to be able to do it at Wembley would be even better. All the boys are excited by that prospect but we need to look to perform against Castleford first. We are looking forward to it but we know we need to produce a good display this week."

Tickets are selling well for Sunday's Carnegie Challenge Cup Quarter Final Tie against Castleford Tigers, at the Galpharm Stadium, kick off 3.00pm. By pre-buying prior to matchday adult tickets are just 10, concessions are 5 and under 16's are 2. Junior Season Ticket Holders can utilise their FREE ENTRY voucher and these can be exchanged on the turnstiles.

On the day of the game prices rise to 12.50 for adults, 7 for concessions and 5 for under 16's.

The Ticket Hotline is 0870 44 44 552 and supporters can also buy online by www.giantsrl.com




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