For the first time in a generation, Leeds Rhinos, Wigan Warriors, Warrington Wolves and St Helens will not be in the Challenge Cup Final as Hull KR and Leigh Leopards meet in Saturday’s decider.
The last final without these four saw Hull KR lose to Castleford Tigers back in 1986. Hull KR haven’t won a major trophy since 1985 and haven’t won the Challenge Cup since 1980.
It would therefore be very special for the club to end their wait with a Challenge Cup Final win on Saturday especially as the last time they played at Wembley they were beaten 50-0 by Leeds Rhinos.
Needing all the support they can get, Grammy Award winning rapper Sean Paul has thrown his support behind them.
“Well I brought the sun out, I cannot see a reason that we cannot be the Champions from Hull,” he said on Viking Radio.
When asked to send them a good luck message, he said: “Hey yo, Hull KR it is Sean Paul telling you that you are the rugby superstars.
“Yeah man we’re gonna win, we’re going all the way.”
Hull KR have named their squad for the game.
This has left Willie Peters with a big call to make. Although Jordan Abdull is injured, Peters has a choice between Mikey Lewis, Rowan Milnes and Brad Schneider for the two halfback positions.
There is a chance Lewis could start at fullback but for the semi-final the original plan was to play Ethan Ryan there.
However, he didn’t do to a massive change around caused by Ryan Hall. Hall stands a chance of featuring despite his recent calf injury.
He was supposed to play on the left wing against Wigan Warriors in the semi-final at Headingley but at the 11th hour he pulled out.
Just a matter of weeks removed from that game, Hall could make his first appearance since the Robins beat his former club Leeds at Headingley in Golden Point.
With the Rhinos Hall won two Challenge Cup Finals and lost three finals. He scored in both the 2011 and 2014 finals.
In fact, in the 2014 final he scored one of the most famous Challenge Cup Final tries powering over Andrew Dixon and this helped him secure the Man of the Match.
Interestingly, he and Rovers assistant Danny McGuire both played for Leeds against Hull KR in that 2015 final.
It is a big call from Willie Peters to bring him back in the fold weeks after his last game but if any man can step up to the plate it’s Hall.