EORL CRABTREE has his sights on walking away from Wembley with a Challenge Cup winners medal.
As a 23-year-old he left Twickenham on the losing side as the Giants succumbed 42-12 to St Helens, and three years later he collected the same reward as Huddersfield were beaten 25-16 by Warrington Wolves at Wembley.
Now, at 29, the England prop forward is looking for a change in fortune and a Wembley win on Saturday, August 25.
However, there is the small matter of beating the Wolves in Sunday’s semi-final at the City of Salford Stadium (5.30)
“I know it is a cliche, but it would be very nice to make it third time lucky,” said Crabtree.
“Hopefully this weekend we can put on a decent performance and give ourselves a chance of winning the cup.
“And that is the great thing about sudden death rugby – all you have to do is produce that one performance to win the game.”
Crabtree was absent from Sunday’s stunning 52-6 Super League defeat at Castleford Tigers as he rested up after playing for England against the Exiles and gave a finger damaged in the international game a chance to mend.
However, he was not reading too much into the Giants form going into the Wolves clash.
“We have proven earlier on this Super League season that we can beat the top teams and we need to take that belief into this game,” said Crabtree.
“It doesn’t matter that we got hammered last weekend because this is a different game in a different competition, but we do have to find some better form and sharpish if we are going to get to the final.
“But the beauty of this game is that things can change quickly.
“Cas had been in terrible form before they played us, but they found the game and the motivation to beat us and sometimes it really is that simple.
“They found the right motivation and I am sure that is something everyone at the Giants will have this weekend – after all it is winning through to a Wembley final that we are talking about.”
Crabtree smiled as he weighed up facing Warrington in yet another big game.
“We must play them about five times a season,” said Crabtree. “We always seem to be up against them and obviously we know a lot about them – they have got some great players and they have been in really good form.
“So really it is probably more about ourselves and ensuring that we work hard for each other and cover each others backs and ensure that we have a decent shot at winning it.
“We have to make sure that we make Warrington have to beat us, because we know there is no way they are just going to lay down and die.
“But if we are all in this together, rip into Warrington and give it a good go then there is no reason why we shouldn’t give ourselves a shot of being at Wembley.”