KEVIN BROWN is hoping he can make it third time lucky in a Challenge Cup final with the Giants.
But the 25-year-old stand-off knows any dreams of a Wembley return could be shattered if they don’t show Hull KR total respect in Sunday’s fourth-round clash at the Galpharm Stadium (1.45).
Former Wigan favourite Brown has been involved in two Cup finals with the Giants, but he was Cup-tied in 2006 at Twickenham and then suffered a knee injury in the first half of last season’s big Wembley showdown against Warrington Wolves.
On both occasions, Huddersfield ended up on the losing side, and Brown is desperate to see his side break their duck at the third attempt.
"In 2006, I went down with the team and was involved in all the build-up, even though I couldn’t play," said Brown.
"It was a great occasion and the first time Huddersfield had reached the final since losing to Wakefield in 1962.
"But even though the club try and involve you as much as you can, you always feel as if you’re a little on the outside.
"So it was fantastic to go back again last year, knowing I would be playing. Again, the build-up was absolutely incredible.
"But for me, it will always be remembered as going from the best day in my rugby league career to the worst when I suffered torn knee ligaments.
"What made it even more of a nightmare, of course, was that we lost the game. That was probably the worst feeling.
"It’s something I don’t want to repeat. Hopefully, we can go back to the final again, but only this time win it!"
Yet even though Brown is dreaming of a Wembley return, he knows Hull KR pose the Giants a real threat.
"After beating Hull KR 30-0 at Craven Park earlier in the season, we’ll probably be the slight favourites on Sunday," he added.
"But that result means nothing. Hull KR are a quality side with plenty of quality players.
"Michael Dobson is their biggest attacking threat and I have always rated him an outstanding scrum-half.
"And Shaun Briscoe is also a stand-out full-back and fully deserved his England call-up for last season’s Four Nations.
"But the prospect of another Challenge Cup final appearance is a big carrot for every player, and I don’t believe there’s more pressure on us because the Cup hasn’t come back to the town for almost 60 years."