Hull FC hoping to follow Challenge Cup win with Super League success

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We will not have to wait too long to see whether they can put those words into action.center_img Super League XXII Wigan Warriors Scott Taylor has issued a rallying cry to his Hull FC team‑mates to use their Challenge Cup triumph as a springboard for the remainder of the Super League season.“The double is massive,” said the prop, a Wembley winner with both of the clubs who contested the final on Saturday. “We know we can beat anyone on our day and that’s the goal now.” Share on WhatsApp Share via Email Challenge Cup Topics Share on LinkedIn Even before the Yorkshire side’s 18-14 win against Wigan Warriors on Saturday, eyes in Hull were already wandering towards the push for a first Super League title. The club’s challenge now is to use their post-Wembley slump last season as motivation for the play-offs this time.After their Challenge Cup triumph against Warrington last year, Hull won only one of their final five games including defeat in the play-offs to the eventual champions, Wigan. Now their task is to avoid a repeat of that hangover last season and vie for the Super League title.Last year Wembley was the be all and end all for Hull. This year they are not content with one trophy, and Taylor is in no doubt about the next challenge. “If we don’t make the Grand Final this year I think it’s a massive failure for this club,” the prop said.“We need to make it, we’ve got the team to do it and now it’s about not dipping like last year. Hopefully we can win our next few games and get on course for a home semi-final.“Going into last year the main goal was about winning at Wembley and being the first team to do it but this year, personally, it’s all about making that Grand Final and getting Hull FC’s name on the Super League trophy for the first time.”Taylor’s front-row partner Liam Watts said: “Last year there was a big burden on our backs and lots of pressure, but this year it was ours to lose. We’re definitely in a better place to kick on this year, I believe that.”The Hull hooker Danny Houghton said: “I think we’ll be able to manage it better this year. We don’t want to get carried away and we want to enjoy this and retain some memories from it, but we’ll focus on the Grand Final properly now. We’ve got a real shot of getting there this year and we’ll have a real crack at it.”Hull, however, do not have much time to sit back and savour their Challenge Cup victory. Following the traditional homecoming party on Bank Holiday Monday, Hull are back in league action on Thursday night against Leeds Rhinos.For the home semi-final Taylor and Hull crave in the play-offs in a month’s time, victory at Headingley against second‑placed Leeds seems mandatory. But this Hull side – now widely considered to be one of the best in the club’s history – have shown over the past 18 months that it is unwise to underestimate them.Houghton said: “There’s no hiding from it, it’ll be tough to back it up on Thursday. Any team that goes to Headingley and wins is a special team but, like I say, we can definitely do it. There’s no reason why not. Everyone will put their hand up to play because we know how frustrating it was last year. We want another trophy now before this season is out.” Share on Messenger Rugby league newslast_img read more