Warrington skipper Chris Hill seeks Hull revenge in Shield showdown
By Mike Patterson
Last Updated: 22/09/16 12:33pm
Warrington will be looking to avenge their Challenge Cup final defeat to Hull when they travel to the KCOM Stadium on Friday evening.
The Wolves lost 12-10 to the Black and Whites in a hard-fought clash at Wembley on August 27, but they are hoping for a better outcome in the final game of the regular season as they bid to lift the League Leaders' Shield.
Tony Smith's side spurned a glorious chance to secure the silverware last Friday when they lost 35-28 at home to Wigan after the Warriors rallied from 28-14 down despite being reduced to 12 men.
Captain Chris Hill is keen to put that game behind him and focus on the showdown with Hull, who are one point behind Warrington at the summit and can snatch the shield themselves with a victory.
"It all went wrong for them and then us but it was one of them," Hill told Sky Sports News HQ as he reflected on the Wigan defeat.
"You have to have a different mentality when they go down to 12 as well and we thought we could start pinging the ball around and it just didn't work for us.
"Fair play to Wigan, they dug in and got the result and we have got to take some lessons from that this week and improve and go back to some of the basics that we do well and keep hold of the ball.
"We have to go there [Hull] and do a job and get that League Leaders' Shield. We have built up nicely this week and we are all ready and raring to go."
As well as the Challenge Cup final nail-biter, Warrington lost 26-24 to Hull in their league meeting at the KCOM Stadium in March as well as going down 19-12 to Lee Radford's side in the reverse fixture at the Halliwell Jones Stadium in June.
"We want to be part of these big games," added prop Hill. "We would rather have wrapped it up last week but it is going to be an interesting 80 minutes and winner takes all. They beat us in a winner-takes-all game this year and we want a bit of revenge.
"I think it still hurts a few of the boys, as it should, and it will do for the coming years I imagine."
Hull coach Radford does not believe the Wembley game will have a bearing on this match, however.
He said: "It's about who takes their opportunities as was the final - different ground, different surroundings, different teams - so it's whoever turns up on the evening and when the chances present themselves, put them to bed.
"It's huge for us as a club. I don't think in my lifetime - and probably a few before that - we have been in a position where we can finish top of the league with first v second playing each other at our home ground.
"So it's going to be a really difficult task ahead, as I think all the games moving forward now are going to be, but hopefully we can put our best foot forward."