Hull boss Lee Radford believes his players won’t need any extra motivation when they take on Castleford in the last eight of the Challenge Cup on Sunday.
Radford’s side are eager to defend the trophy they won in 2016 and Radford insists his team will be fired up to take on the high-flying Tigers.
“You don’t need any prods to get up for this game, that’s for sure,” he told the club’s official website.
“You get one shot at it and if you get it wrong you get some free weekends – we don’t want any free weekends.
“I’m really looking forward to the game, because I’m expecting us to bring our best and Castleford to bring their best as well.
“Offensively they’re a brilliant side and if we invite them down that left edge for sustained periods it will be a difficult afternoon for us.
“I’ve heard a lot of comments that they’ve reinvented the game, but I think it’s more a case of them just playing good footy.
“They do play great footy, but the key to playing these blokes is by making them come off their own try line repetitively – that takes a lot of patience and we’ve got that in abundance.
“It’s going to be a really tough game and it will be one of those where whichever team takes their opportunities will be the ones that come out on top.
“We’ve really got to be at it because it’s knock-out footy and we’ve only got one shot at it.”