GIANTS playmaker Luke Robinson is hoping the losers medals collected at Wembley in 2009 will act as an inspiration to the side as they enter tomorrow’s Challenge Cup semi-final clash with Warrington Wolves at the City of Salford Stadium.
Seven of the current squad – Leroy Cudjoe, Eorl Crabtree, Keith Mason, David Faiumu, Kevin Brown, Scott Moore and Robinson – played in the Wembley showdown which the Wolves won 25-16 and the 27-year-old thinks that hurt can fuel another push for Wembley glory (5.30).
Robinson also knows the pain of being beaten in a Grand Final as in 2003 he was in the Wigan side who suffered a 25-12 defeat against Bradford Bulls.
“A few of us have a couple of losers’ medals at the club and I can tell you it is not great,” said Robinson. “My losers’ medals are shoved in the back of a drawer somewhere.
“And don’t believe what some people say about it being worse to lose in the semi-final – I can tell you from experience that it is worse to lose in the final.
“So we will have all the guys champing at the bit to get another chance to play at Wembley.
“It is a fantastic opportunity which you cannot miss.
“I grew up watching the Challenge Cup and to go back to Wembley and win would be just fantastic.
“But what we have to do is go and give a good account of ourselves tomorrow and get the right result.”
While the Wolves go into the clash on the back of a 15-6 win over Catalan Dragons, the Giants are looking to bounce back after a shattering 52-6 Super League defeat at Castleford Tigers.
“We don’t want to dwell on the negatives of the Castleford game too much, and I honestly don’t think that we will play that badly again this season,” said Robinson.
“I think it was down to a few issues which we have spoken about this week and had some clear the air talks.
“I think everyone now feels that bit better about themselves and we will go out and put on a much better performance.
“One of the major features of Browny’s (coach Nathan Brown) tenure at the club is that we have always given everything and we have always left everything on the field.
“When we have been beaten it has never been through lack of effort but because we have faced a better team.
“So hopefully against Warrington we will put a few things right and give a good account of ourselves.