Prop Steve Quigley backs his fellow forwards to lay the platform for success against Harrogate tomorrow.
If Hull are to reach the Yorkshire Cup final, the pack are going to have to step up and get the better of the Harrogate forwards up front.
Quigley accepts Hull will hold the underdog card, but that will mean nothing when the semi-final kicks off at 3pm especially on the back of some impressive performances lately.
“We are carrying a lot of momentum into this tie given our performances over the last few weeks and our confidence is high,” Quigley said.
“Going into this we are billed as the underdogs given that we are a league lower and that they are the Yorkshire Cup holders.
“But we know that the strength we have in our squad will be able to match up to whatever they have to throw at us.
“Set pieces will an extremely important aspect for us as it is this solid platform which has given our backs the freedom and space to score tries left right and centre.
“If we are able to dominate that aspect of the game then I have no doubt that the backs will do the rest.
“It’s a well known fact that the forward pack do the hard work and the backs take the glory for it, and it will be no different come the weekend.
“To be able to progress to the final and go on to win the cup would give us a real sense of achievement given how well this season has gone for us given that it is still a relatively young squad, and in turn would provide us with a great platform moving into the offseason to prepare for next year and hopefully a significant promotion push once again.”
I’m expecting a tough, physical game tomorrow. Harrogate had a slow start to their season but have put in some really good performances lately and have been scoring a lot of points. It’s going to be important that we keep the ball and kick well tomorrow. We’re going to need a big game from our forwards to give us backs clean ball. We’ve proven in these last few games that we can score from anywhere in the backs so it’s vital we get the ball out to these players. I’m going to approach this game similarly to the Wharfedale game, I’m going to play for territory and when it’s on look to attack from anywhere.