A WAR of words has been declared between brothers Andrew and Ian Henderson ahead of Sheffield Eagles’ Challenge Cup game at Catalan Dragons.
“Brothers and hooker against hooker it’s awesome,” said Eagles’ Andrew.
“After the Cup draw Ian rang me and we’ve had a bit of banter.
“I’ve played against Ian over the years but it’s a time since we’ve gone head to head and I’m looking forward to facing him. I’d certainly enjoy getting family bragging rights.”
The brothers will square up in the fifth round clash in France on tomorrow.
They last met in a game when Andrew was at Castleford and Ian with Bradford.
“Ian’s main strength is his aggression and the way he leads the line.
“He’s Catalan’s general around the middle, a good talker and leads the defensive line well. He’s busy and a real competitor” said Andrew.
The Scottish international has no illusions about the task facing the Eagles’ part-timers against the team in fourth place in the Super League.
“I’m wary in that Catalan have strength across the park” he said.
“They play a very attacking style and are not frightened to throw the ball around and take opportunities.
“It’s going to take a huge performance from us if we are going to get anywhere near them but I’m confident that we will be competitive and give them a real go.”
It’s a family occasion with the third brother Kevin, who also plays in France, watching from the stands in Perpignan.
Andrew added: “I’m excited, it’s an opportunity to play in France and for the team to challenge themselves against one of the best teams in the Super League.
“There’ll be a big crowd and that’s good for the club financially and great experience for our players.”