Warrington coach Steve Price is well aware of the threat posed by Hull, the 2016 and 2017 Challenge Cup winners, ahead of their semi-final clash at Bolton on Saturday.
The Wolves’ indifferent form of late has seen the Airlie Birds, often chastised as being an inconsistent side, move within just two points of them in the Super League table.
Hull’s inconsistency is perhaps best reflected by their two results against Warrington in 2019 – a Blake Austin inspired 63-12 drubbing at the KCOM Stadium in March, before they visited the Halliwell Jones Stadium in May and ran out 19-12 winners.
Price said: “They’ve had their ups and downs. They’ve had a fair amount of points scored on them in Super League, but in saying that they’ve had some good wins of late.
“They’ve got a great roster. They’ve got a really good spine off the back of Marc Sneyd’s kicking game.
“We always prepare for the best team. We don’t care about what’s happened in the past, it’s about the best team that we’re going to be ready for and that’s no different this weekend.”
It might not be the last time the two sides face in knockout competition this season, with a meeting in the end of season play-offs looking more and more likely.
Price added: “To be honest, it’s about the 80 minutes on Saturday. We never look past the following week, it’s about the present and we’ve got to go out on Saturday and do the basics well.
“You’re always going to have dips and troughs when you have this length of season. You’re going to hit a few speed bumps and it is what it is.
“It’s a new competition this weekend, we’ve been really good in the Challenge Cup this year and we’ve got a really good opportunity to turn it around this weekend.”