Scott’s double vision
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.
“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