Hull v Huddersfield Giants Challenge Cup report
DAVID FAIUMU believes the Huddersfield Giants have what it takes to return to Wembley.
The 28-year-old former New Zealand Test star was in the Huddersfield side that reached the Challenge Cup final against Warrington at the world-famous stadium in 2009.
It was a moment Faiumu rates as one of his proudest in the game.
And after playing a key role in helping the Giants win 42-16 at Hull to reach the fifth round, the utility man is confident the Giants have what it takes to get back to the capital – and this time lift the trophy after failing to do so against the Wolves.
“This was a great win for us, because we all know what the significance of it could be further down the track,” said Faiumu, who came off the bench to spark his side after they had made a sluggish start against the Airlie Birds.
“You play the game to be involved in matches like a Challenge Cup final at Wembley, and it was definitely one of the proudest moments of my career.
“To go back again this year would be fantastic.
“So this win against Hull is a great stepping stone towards our ultimate aim.
“We obviously don’t intend to get too carried away at this stage, because we’ve still got three more games to play before we can get to Wembley.
“But confidence in the squad is really high at the moment, and we’re already looking forward to the next round in a couple of weeks time.”
Faiumu admits it wasn’t looking good early on at the KC Stadium, however.
Hull deservedly led 16-6 until a minute before half-time, and the versatile forward admitted it was tough having to watch from the bench.
“It looked tough out there and the boys were struggling for the first 20 minutes or so,” he added.
“But we always knew it might be like that. We always expected Hull to come out firing early on and try and make it difficult for us.
“As a result, we felt it would be a case of trying to ride out the storm and then try and take control the longer the game progressed, which is exactly what happened.