PAST PLAYERS have been advising Hull KR’s squad on how to handle the big occasion.
Saturday’s Wembley showdown with Leeds Rhinos will be Rovers’ first Challenge Cup final since 1986, when they lost to Castleford.
Members of the team which beat Hull – recording the club’s only Cup final victory – six years earlier have been drafted in to speak to the current squad about their experiences.
And skipper Tyrone McCarthy – twice a Cup winner with Warrington Wolves – reckons their advice has been invaluable.
He said: “They’ve talked about their experiences and about not letting the occasion go past you.
“Grab it with both hands, it’s only a short period of time – there’s a long build-up, but it’s less than two hours when it actually matters.
“They spoke about what it means to the club and the fans.
“They’ve been waiting a long time since they had something to celebrate in 2006.
“It’s overdue for the fans, really.”
McCarthy said a new team reaching the final has been good for the competition.
He added: “With Castleford getting there last year, it was something different and many people wanted an upset.
“It’s always nice to see another club buck the trend of the big four and that’s why I think it’s a great achievement we’ve got there.
“Hopefully we can go one better than Castleford did last year.”