Wakefield Trinity star Danny Washbrook says the prospect of earning a place in Rugby League’s history books will be a huge driving force when the Wildcats face his former club Hull FC in a Tetley’s Challenge Cup fifth round tie on Friday (8.00pm).
Washbrook will go up against his former club the day before the 50th anniversary of Wakefield’s last Challenge Cup triumph, when they beat Wigan 25-10 in 1963, and he says the prospect of joining the famous names from that era on the list of Wembley winners is a massive incentive for everyone at the club.
“It’s good to still be involved at this stage,” said Washbrook. “Personally, it’s nice to be in the mix as over the past few years I’ve gone out at the fourth round stage which has been disappointing.
“I’m looking forward to the game against Hull. It’s always good to go up against one of your former clubs but I’ll be focusing on the day the same way as I would do for any other game – it’s important we keep our concentration because there are no second chances in the Cup.
“It’s 50 years almost to the day since Wakefield last won the trophy and we’re all aware of that and we’re all aware of the club’s proud tradition in the competition. It would be fantastic for us if we could celebrate that landmark by progressing through this round and going all the way this season.
“Every player in the competition grows up with the Challenge Cup and knows the history of the competition and everyone loves it. We all want to win it and the chance to get your name in the record books is something everyone desires.”
Wakefield have struggled to recapture the form that saw them record seven consecutive victories at the end of 2012 and have won just five games during Super League so far this season with one of those defeats coming against Hull FC when they met in April, but Washbrook says that league form will have no bearing this weekend.
“The Tetley’s Challenge Cup is all about winning,” he said. “You can be having a poor run in the league but it all goes out the window in the Cup.
“At Hull in 2008 we made the final during a season where we were up and down in the league, so that gives us confidence going into the game.
“There can be times during the league when in the last stages of the game, you may ease up if you know it’s out of your reach or if you are comfortably ahead, but in cup games it’s full-on for the whole game and that pressure means it’s all or nothing on the day.
“I know we’ll be going out there to win and we’ll be giving it our all until the final whistle.”
You can purchase your tickets for the knockout game at the KC Stadium on the turnstiles at Hull with adults charged £15, concessions £12 and £10 for juniors.
Junior season pass holders once again able to attend the game for FREE.
To claim a free ticket for the game, junior pass holders must present their Gold Membership at any of the Wildcats retail stores before 5pm on the day of the match.
Tickets for the 2013 Tetley’s Challenge Cup final at Wembley Stadium on Saturday August 24 are now on sale. Visit www.rugbyleaguetickets.co.uk or call 0844 856 1113 for full details.
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