Hull's Danny Tickle ready for 'biggest game of career' in Challenge Cup semi-final
Last Updated: 28/07/13 5:33pm
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Hull forward Danny Tickle believes his team will thrive on being underdogs for this weekend's Challenge Cup semi-final against holders Warrington.
The 30-year-old second rower will line up for the Black and Whites at Huddersfield's John Smith's Stadium on Sunday, hoping to secure what would be a third Cup final appearances of his career.
Both of his previous final appearances ended in defeat to St Helens, who beat Hull 28-16 in 2008 and also defeated a Wigan side containing Tickle 32-16 in 2004.
"This is definitely the biggest game in my career and possibly for many other lads."
Now in his final year with Hull before joining Widnes on a three-year deal, Tickle is hoping to bow out of the club on a high
"This is definitely the biggest game in my career and possibly for many other lads," Tickle said. "As you get older - I'm 30 now - you never know where your career is going to head.
"You've been given an opportunity and you've got to make sure that you make the best of it.
"They don't come around too often, the semi-finals of the Challenge Cup, so we'll give it our best shot.
"I've been quite lucky, I played there in 2008. It was my first visit to Wembley - I never went to the old Wembley - and it was a massive day for myself.
"I now want to finish at Hull on a high."
A five-match losing run has seen Hull slip from fourth to eighth place in Super League but they are the last team to beat Warrington courtesy of a surprise 22-16 scoreline in May.
"Hopefully all form goes out of the window in the semi-final of the Challenge Cup," Tickle added.
"It's going to be a tough challenge for us. With the way that Warrington are playing at the moment, any team would struggle to keep up with them but we're not going to have our doubts.
"We're going to turn up and make sure that everybody is well prepared for this game."