Scott’s dou­ble vi­sion

Daily Star - - Star Sport - by JULIE STOTT

SCOTT TAY­LOR fears that Hull’s Wem­b­ley hero­ics will be tainted if they don’t win the Grand Fi­nal.

Hull won a mem­o­rable Chal­lenge Cup fi­nal 18-14, hold­ing off a late rally from Wi­gan.

But Tay­lor says that’s not enough to sat­isfy Lee Rad­ford’s bullish men. And the Eng­land prop says they learned vi­tal lessons last year when they fell away af­ter win­ning the cup.

He said: “Last year the main goal was about win­ning at Wem­b­ley and be­ing the first Hull team to do it.

Mas­sive

“But this year it’s all about mak­ing that Grand Fi­nal and get­ting Hull FC’s name on the Su­per League tro­phy for the first time.

“The dou­ble is mas­sive. If we don’t make the Grand Fi­nal this year it’s a mas­sive fail­ure.”

Hull won just one of their four re­main­ing Su­per 8s games af­ter Wem­b­ley last year and lost the play-off semi-fi­nal against Wi­gan.

They again look on course to reach the play-offs but face a tough away game tonight against sec­ond-placed Leeds, who have had a week off.

They then face Wi­gan at home be­fore tak­ing on Wakefield and League Lead­ers’ Shield win­ners Castle­ford.

It’s a fix­ture list that could see them slip up – but hooker Danny Houghton says there’s no chance of that.

He said: “It was a whole new ball game for us last year and the first time most of us had won sil­ver­ware.

“But we can learn from that. We have got the play­ers to go to Leeds and win.

“We want an­other tro­phy now be­fore the sea­son’s out.”

And Leeds coach Brian McDermott added: “I do hope they’ve been in a pub un­til Tuesday. Emo­tion­ally when you win, it’s a big thing to come down from.”

WE WANT MORE: Tay­lor with the Chal­lenge Cup tro­phy on Hull’s vic­tory pa­rade

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