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Hull’s Kirk Yeaman is confident they can overcome Super League leaders’ shield winners Huddersfield Giants in the first preliminary semi-final.
The 30-year-old former Great Britain international has been with the Airlie Birds for 12 years and featured in their only previous Grand Final appearance back in 2006 when they lost out to St Helens.
And looking ahead to the play-off clash against the Giants, who did the double over Hull in the regular season, Yeaman feels the confidence the players have gained confidence from the 14-4 win over Catalan Dragons in their opening play-off game can spur them on to victory.
The Giants go into the match on the back of a first home defeat since May when Wigan booked their place in the semi-finals last week.
Yeaman said: “I’m very confident we can beat them and as a group we are confident going into every game.
“When you look back at our two games against them this year, there was nothing between us and I think we’re playing better now than we were back then.
“If we can tidy a few areas up from our last performance and take that into the game, there’s no reason why we can’t win.”
Hull will be boosted by the return from injury of veteran prop Andy Lynch, who will leave the KC Stadium to join Castleford on a two-year deal from next season.