RugbyL: Heremaia backs Hull to avenge Dragons defeat

Hull FC's Aaron Heremaia admits his side are desperate to avenge their recent loss to Catalan Dragons when the sides meet again in this weekend's Challenge Cup quarter-finals.

Hull headed to the south of France last month having gone on a five-game unbeaten throughout May, but Dragons ended that with a 30-4 victory in Perpignan.

That sparked three more Super League defeats for Hull, the latest 22-16 to Huddersfield Giants last Sunday, and Heremaia, who played three seasons in the NRL for the New Zealand Warriors, believes a switch of focus to the Challenge Cup can provide a change of fortunes.

Hull will have to do it back in Perpignan on Saturday but, with victory putting them within 80 minutes of Wembley, Heremaia is adamant they won't be fazed by the challenge.

"Watching the final last year and seeing the crowd at Wembley, I was thinking how amazing it would be to be a part of that," said Heremaia.

"The hunger is there to win on Saturday and to go all the way and get to the final. It will be a tough game because they are a good side and they beat us at their place last time.

"There is a whole different mind-set going into this game, though, with it being a knockout game, we have to leave everything out there on the pitch.

"We know we have to learn lessons from the last game. The heat affected everyone in the last game over there but we know what to expect.

"We have learnt a lot from it, we know it will be hot and we know it will be tough. It will be hotter this weekend and we know coping with that is key."

Elsewhere in quarter-final action, Huddersfield face Challenge Cup holders Warrington, while Wigan host Widnes.

And Brett Hodgson is desperate for Warrington to edge ever closer to Wembley with victory over Huddersfield, who sit one place above them in second in the Super League table.

"I have been fortunate enough to have played in some great stadiums but Wembley tops them all," said Hodgson, a former Giants and Wests Tigers full-back.

"It has got an aura about it where you know some special players have played before in whatever sport it may be."

London Broncos will kick off the quarter-finals on Friday, away to Sheffield Eagles -- the only Championship outfit left in the competition.

And Broncos head coach Tony Rea, once in charge of the Brumbies in Super Rugby, is expecting his Australian duo of Jamie Soward and Shane Rodney to guide them into the semi-finals.

"It's great to have Jamie with a full game under him and be able to look at control of the game. Shane is also back," said Rea.

"He's had a fantastic week after his wife gave birth which is why he didn't play last week; it's good to welcome him back into the squad."



Sheffield Eagles v London Broncos


Catalan Dragons v Hull FC


Warrington v Huddersfield


Wigan v Widnes