A FORMER Huddersfield Giants hero has his sights set on wrecking their Wembley dream.
Brett Hodgson was wearing the claret and gold last time Huddersfield stepped out for the Challenge Cup final at Wembley in 2009, but he is now in his second season of wearing the primrose and blue of the side that beat them 25-16 that day – Warrington Wolves.
And the Australian full-back is not hiding the fact that he is hoping to deliver a hammer-blow to former coach Nathan Brown’s chances of securing a Carnegie Challenge Cup success in his final season in charge of the Giants when they meet at the City of Salford Stadium on Sunday (5.30pm).
“I am really looking forward to the match,” said Hodgson, who goes up against the club with whom he won the Super League Man Of Steel award in 2010.
“It is going to be a big game and both teams know what is at stake so the pressure will be on us all.
“It’s always good to go up against your old clubs, but the fact that we are playing Huddersfield has no bearing on my preparation.
“I have been at Warrington for two years now and as a team we were really disappointed with our Cup campaign last season so this game is an important step for us to get to where we want to be and make amends for that and hopefully regain the trophy.”
While the Wolves go into the semi-final on the back of a hard-earned 15-6 home Super League win over Catalan Dragons, the Giants will try to lift themselves after a shocking 52-6 setback at Castleford Tigers on Sunday.
However, Hodgson is not reading too much into the respective form of the two sides.
“Huddersfield haven’t been playing too well of late, but they are a side that can definitely play big games,” said Hodgson.
“They will be very determined to book a place in the final, so we are expecting a tough encounter. We’re going into the game will some good form after the match against Catalan, so hopefully that bodes well for us.”
Having made the move across the Pennines to join Warrington for the 2011 season, Hodgson, who still lives in Slaithwaite, is keen to repay the faith of the Wolves’ fans by securing another journey to the capital.
“We have a great set of supporters that always travel to the away games,” he said.
“Salford isn’t too far away from us so we are looking forward to playing in front of a packed stadium and I’m sure both sets of fans will make it a great atmosphere.
“Hopefully we can secure a place at Wembley and give the fans another Cup final to look forward to.”
Tickets for the Carnegie Challenge Cup Giants v Wolves semi-final at the City of Salford Stadium cost from £18 for adults and £9 for concessions and can be purchased by calling the RFL Ticket office on 0844 856 1113 or visiting www.rugbyleaguetickets.co.uk
Tickets for the 2012 Carnegie Challenge Cup Final at Wembley Stadium on Saturday, August 25, cost from just £21 and are now on sale. Family tickets giving access to one of British sport’s most historic fixtures to two adults and two children are also available, priced £55 or £79.
To purchase tickets please call the RFL Ticket Office on 0844 856 1113 or visit www.carnegiechallengecup.co.uk/