Hull KR ‘fan’ Campese wants Cup confidence from Robins

Hull KR half-back Terry Campese may be out for the rest of the season with a knee injury, but he is still feeling the pressure that the squad is under currently.

Rovers have stumbled badly over the last few weeks of the Super League season, after looking set to be one of the competition’s surprise packages with some of their fine performances earlier in the campaign.

Campese acknowledges that it is frustrating for him to be sitting on the sidelines as the business end of the season gallops up, but it has not lessened his desire to see the team succeed.

“I’m more a spectator and a fan going into these last eight weeks,” he told Love Rugby League.

“It’s a big game coming up on Saturday against Warrington, the Cup semi, and it’s one that you want to be part of.

“But I’m excited for the boys at the same time, to experience such a big game and hopefully get the win.

“Wembley is the bonus of it all. So hopefully we can some positives into our year by winning this game at the weekend.”

Being out of action is something for a double blow for Campese, who has personal milestones he would like to hit, as well as team success to savour.

“I’ve never made a final in my NRL career,” he said.

“So it’s definitely something had down as one of the goals, to play in the Cup final.

“I won’t be able to play, but even just to be there with the squad and to be a part of that would be something special.

“I think the boys are starting to realise now just how much it means to the club, and to the fans, and to everyone involved, these Challenge Cups are some special things.

“So hopefully the boys can go down in the history books by making it, and hopefully win it.

“But first things first. Saturday is a massive game.”

Tony Smith’s Wolves are not a team to be taken lightly, either, according to ‘Campo’, despite Rovers’ fine win over the Wire earlier in the season.

“Warrington are on a roll,” he said.

“I know that we had a good performance against them recently – it was probably one of our last good performances in the last couple of months.

“So hopefully the boys can take some confidence out of that at the weekend.

“The boys have to go in with a completely different attitude to what they have had over the last couple of weeks.

“It’s disappointing that in the last couple of games we missed out on the top eight.

“This is a Challenge Cup semi, so there’s a completely different focus going into it.

“It’s do or die, you win and you’ve got Wembley in front of you, so hopefully that’s enough motivation.”

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