Challenge Cup final: Peter Gentle says Hull FC are up for Wigan test
Peter Gentle is relishing the Tetley's Challenge Cup final against Wigan at Wembley on Saturday.
Last Updated: 20/08/13 12:12pm
Hull last won the Challenge Cup in 2005 but suffered a final defeat in 2008 and go into Saturday's Wembley clash as underdogs.
But on a plus point, Hull have won five out of their last six games, while Wigan have lost their last two matches, and Gentle is looking to win to continue a sporting feel-good factor in the city.
He told Sky Sports News: "It's a wonderful achievement from the squad I've got, from the staff, from everyone involved.
"So it's great for the city - Luke Campbell kicked it off last year with his (Olympic boxing) gold medal and Hull City gaining promotion and if we can bring the Challenge Cup back to Hull, it will be a great achievement."
Regarding the recent good form, Gentle added: "It (the momentum) will play its part, but I think Wigan and us also have shown that the Super League form, regardless of what you're doing, you can get up for these games.
"Obviously, we're happy with the momentum we've built, but we're not going to underestimate Wigan by any means."
But the good form means Hull's Super League play-off spot is almost confirmed and Gentle believes this does let his side concentrate fully on Saturday's showpiece.
"It does. Whether you like it or not, it is a big distraction playing in the Challenge Cup final, it's a wonderful distraction don't get me wrong, but to pick up three wins since our Warrington win (in the semi-final) and consolidated our spot (in the Super League table).
"It's always been out of our hands where we were going to finish and it still is - we've still got a home semi to play for, we've got to win our last couple of games - but we can concentrate wholly and solely on the Challenge Cup now."