Challenge Cup agony a driving force for Robinson

Date published: Thursday, May 19, 2011

Huddersfield scrum-half Luke Robinson has revealed that a potent blend of regret, relief and burning ambition is motivating the Giants ahead of their Carnegie Challenge Cup fifth round tie at home to Catalan Dragons at Galpharm Stadium on Sunday May 22 (3.00pm).
Robinson featured in the Huddersfield side beaten by Warrington Wolves in the 2009 Cup final  at Wembley in what he describes as a bittersweet experience, but while the half-back is dreaming of glory he knows his Huddersfield side are lucky to still be in the competition after coming within minutes of a shock defeat to local rivals Batley Bulldogs in the fourth round.

“It was a bit of a relief to get through the last round,” said Robinson. “I was watching from the stands with my dad and with about 20 minutes to go I thought the Cup dream was over, but good teams can win even when they don’t play to their best and that’s what we done.
“We’ve analysed every minute of that game and we’re under no illusions as to how we need to improve and hopefully now we can progress to the next round because getting back to Wembley would be massive for me.
“I think every English lad dreams of playing and winning at Wembley and that’s something we all tell the overseas players about. They come from a competition where the Grand Final is the be-all and end-all but I think the Cup is massive here because it has so much history and everyone at the club wants to make it to the final and win the competition.
“We got there in 2009 and Warrington beat us and that’s a bittersweet memory for me personally and lots of the lads played in the 2007 final when they lost as well, so we’re always the bridesmaid never the bride.
“I have a losers medal on my mantelpiece and it’s a huge motivational factor for me because there is no place worse to lose than at Wembley in the final – every players wants a winners medal on their mantelpiece and that’s a huge motivational influence for me.”
Prior to their fourth round game against Batley, Huddersfield played the Dragons in a league game which saw the French side come out on top in a narrow 13-12 victory but after beating St Helens by 40-18 last weekend, Robinson believes his side are finding their momentum again.
“I’m really looking forward to the game,” he said. “We’ve come off the back of a good performance against St Helens in the league which was great for us because we went through a bit of a slump during the last few weeks and it’s good to get back into winning ways.
“We played Catalan a few weeks ago and they beat us so the Challenge Cup now gives us an opportunity to make up for that because that defeat gives us a little extra motivation for what is a very important game now.
“We’ve been playing well all season but we always seem to have a little bit of a poor period around Easter for some reason. We’ve beaten some of the bigger and more fancied teams but we’ve also dropped points against the so called ‘weaker’ sides.
“It’s no coincidence that the teams who win the Cup are the ones who play most consistently throughout the season and we need to play with that same intensity week in week out if we are to stand a chance.
“We’ve got a great squad and there’s a lot of home-grown English lads in this side. We had something like 15 English players in our squad against St Helens and that’s not something many people seem to realise and I think it shows that the club are doing a great job here.
“There’s a great conveyor belt of younger players coming through the ranks at the moment and I think that’s great because it means the club has a bright future and it’s an exciting time to be involved.”
Tickets for the Carnegie Challenge Cup fifth round tie, Huddersfield Giants v Catalan Dragons at the Galpharm Stadium on Sunday May 22 (3.00pm) cost from £15 adult, £10 concessions and £5 children. Tickets can be purchased at the turnstiles.
Tickets for the Carnegie Challenge Cup Final at Wembley on Saturday August 27 are available by calling 0844 856 1113 or visiting