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Danny Tickle believes Hull FC’s status as underdogs will only help them when they face Warrington in the semi-finals of Challenge Cup.
The pair meet on Sunday at the John Smith’s Stadium for a game that promises to be a classic following strong performances in the quarter finals, which saw the Black and Whites win at the Catalans while the Wolves eliminated Huddersfield.
However, having lost their last five in the league, Hull are the huge underdogs, especially as Warrington have won their last eight in all competitions, a run that has seen them move to one point off the top of the Super League table.
Peter Gentle’s men do go into the game with something of a psychological advantage though, following their surprise victory at the Halliwell Jones when the pair last met in May.
Veteran of two Challenge Cup finals, Tickle, who will join Widnes at the end of the season, believes his team’s ranking as the underdogs will only inspire them to make it through to the showpiece when they line-up against the current holders on Sunday.
“Hopefully all form goes out of the window in the semi-final of the Challenge Cup,” he said. “It’s going to be a tough challenge for us. With the way that Warrington are playing at the moment, any team would struggle to keep up with them but we’re not going to have our doubts.
“We’re going to turn up and make sure that everybody is well prepared for this game.”