THE ODDS are stacked against Hull tonight, but Wembley hero Danny Houghton insists Leeds Rhinos shouldn’t expect an easy 80 minutes.
Hull will travel to Headingley just five days after retaining the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup with a hard-fought 18-14 victory over Wigan Warriors.
They celebrated on Saturday evening and Sunday, had a party in their home city on Monday and were given Tuesday off, leaving only yesterday to prepare for the game.
Hull fell away after last year’s Wembley win, slipping from first in the Super-8s table to third, but Houghton said they are determined not to fall into the same trap this time.
The hooker stressed the back-to-back Cup winners were keen to “cherish the moment” and “party hard” on Saturday night and Sunday, but then it was back to business.
“We have got a shot at going to the Grand Final and we will learn from what happened last year,” he said.
Backing up in a crucial game just five days after the final is a tall order, but not an impossible challenge according to Houghton.
“As you saw [on Saturday], we have got a special group of players who dig deep for each other,” he stressed.
“We keep turning up and if we can show that nitty gritty again there’s no reason why we can’t go to Headingley and get a win.
“It is going to be tough, there’s no hiding away from it, but whether we were in the final or not it was always going to be a tough challenge.
“They are a champion team and they are at the top of their game.
“For any team who goes to Headingley and wins, it is a special win, but we can do it.
“We know how frustrating it was last year and we want to win some more silverware before the season is out.”