Sheffield Eagles: Henderson relishes Cup upset

Sheffield Eagles...Andrew Henderson
Sheffield Eagles...Andrew Henderson
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Andrew Henderson has form when it comes to giant-killing and he’s hoping to add to it with Sheffield Eagles.

The experienced hooker was part of a Barrow Raiders’ team that knocked Super League Castleford out of the Challenge Cup in 2010.

He’s hoping to repeat that when the Eagles face London Broncos in the quarter-finals of this year’s competition.

“Upsets do happen and it’s a great feeling.

“I’ve been in a team that’s done it with Barrow at Castleford,” he said.

“It will probably need us to have our best game of the season but we’ve got the incentive and desire. Maybe we need London to have a bit of an off-day as well.”

The Cup games has all the making of a shock with the Eagles top of the Championship facing a Broncos bottom of the Super League.

Henderson added: “It’s going to be a tough ask.

“I know London’s form hasn’t been good in the Super League but I’m sure they will target this competition.

“It’s their big chance of getting something out of this season.

“You have to face facts they are a Super League outfit, they are full-time and have quality players through the team. It’s going to be hard for us but we’ll go in with the desire to win.”

The Broncos’ game is good timing for Henderson with the game at Don Valley coming a week after his testimonial dinner marking more than a decade in the English game.

Henderson, 34 yesterday, is enjoying a remarkable twilight to his career at the Eagles and intends to play on next season.

Born in Torquay in Devon he grew up in Australia and came to England first in 2001 to join Salford. He was at Barrow, experienced relegation from the Super League followed by a promotion back with Castleford before a spell at Gatehead and then back to Barrow.

In 2010 a contract row saw him move late in the season to the Eagles and he’s helped them to consecutive Championship Grand Finals with victory last season.

This season the team is top of the league and last Friday Henderson helped the Eagles beat Dewsbury to set up a South Yorkshire semi-final in the Northern Rail Cup against Doncaster.

“What’s happened at Sheffield over the last couple of seasons takes some beating,” he said.

“I’ve been grateful that I’ve been part of a team that has evolved and gone forward in huge leaps.

“To get to one Grand Final was good but to go back the following year and win it - that counts.”

Andrew Henderson’s testimonial dinner is at Bramall Lane on Saturday 6 July, tickets £30. For more info email: ahtestimonial@hotmail.com