The unsung heroes that could decide the 2016 Challenge Cup final

Rhys Evans (Warrington)
Much of the attention is on the big names in both squads ahead of this Saturday’s Challenge Cup final – but there are some major unsung heroes that could swing the game at Wembley. Warrington’s Rhys Evans definitely falls into that category; he has been sensational for most of 2016 and continues to be one of the Wolves’ underrated stars. If Kurt Gidley and Chris Sandow can get the ball wide, expect Evans to flourish on the expansive Wembley pitch.

Evans Warrington

Mahe Fonua (Hull FC)
Hull’s pack looks like their strength on paper, but that doesn’t mean their backline should be ignored. As mentioned with Rhys Evans, the expansive Wembley pitch will provide opportunities aplenty for the two sets of backs to flourish, and if Hull can find space, Mahe Fonua will be a tough man to stop. He has been one of Hull’s unsung heroes all year – that shouldn’t change on Saturday afternoon.

Fonua Hull

Jack Hughes (Warrington)
Hughes scored the winning try last week as Warrington warmed up for Wembley with victory against Castleford, underlining his importance to Tony Smith’s side this weekend. He will have extra motivation after being 18th man during the 2013 final whilst playing for Wigan: but with him certain to feature this weekend, expect Hughes to make a big impact in 2016’s biggest game so far.

Jack Hughes Warrington

Liam Watts (Hull FC)
Although the spotlight will be on men like Gareth Ellis and Scott Taylor in the Hull FC pack, there are plenty of unsung heroes elsewhere: like Liam Watts. Hull coped well without him during the win against Catalans last Thursday but with him back in the side, FC will become even stronger and even tougher to handle.

Liam Watts

Brad Dwyer (Warrington)
Daryl Clark’s exploits at hooker have grabbed the headlines all year for Warrington – but his game is undoubtedly made easier with the help of fellow hooker Brad Dwyer. The youngster comes on from the bench to give Clark a much-needed break, before the two usually finish games on the field together. His explosive brand of play will be essential for the Wolves on what is likely to be an energy-sapping afternoon in the Wembley heat.