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Ex-Raider Dobson helping Hull ride high

By Tom Reynolds 16/09/2010 10:54:33 AM Comments (0)

Former Canberra halfback Michael Dobson believes Hull Kingston Rovers are riding the crest of a wave as they bid for a second play-off shock on the trot at Wigan.

The Robins stunned fierce city rivals Hull FC with a 21-4 win last weekend to continue their push for a first ever grand final appearance.

Dobson, named in the Super League dream team for a second successive season last week, was outstanding in the KC Stadium victory and is desperate to pile more misery on former club Wigan after their 27-26 loss to champions Leeds.

Dobson made a huge impression during 14 appearances on-loan for Wigan but has vowed to do all he can to move his current club to within 80 minutes of the final.

"The beauty of the playoffs means you get one big game after another and there's a real belief building in the squad," said Dobson.

"To go to our big rivals and knock them out has given us all a huge boost and there's no reason why we can't go to Wigan and do the same to them.

"All of the pressure is on Wigan - we're playing with an almost care-free attitude and that's helping us come good at just the right time.

"Wigan are a top team and wouldn't have topped the league standings otherwise but Leeds proved they are beatable.

"We will go with no fear and if we can play as well, if not better, than we did against Hull then we can win the game. We set out at the start of the season to get to the grand final and I believe we can do that."

Meanwhile Huddersfield Giants coach Nathan Brown has warned his side they need to produce the complete performance if they are to dispose of Warrington.

The Giants were off colour in the first week of playoffs and were forced to come from behind to edge past Crusaders 18-12 at the Galpharm.

Despite going down to a convincing 28-12 defeat against St Helens last weekend the Wolves have the upper hand on paper heading into the clash, having won all three corresponding fixtures this term as well as defeating them in last season's Challenge Cup final.

And with that record in mind, coach Brown knows his side need to up their game at the Halliwell Jones Stadium against a Warrington side that beat Leeds last month to win a second straight Challenge Cup final.

"Our defence was great, but attack-wise it wasn't so good last week," said Brown. "We have to make sure we improve a few things, freshen ourselves up and hit the ground running this weekend.

"At this stage of the competition you know you're going to be up against quality sides, they are all there on merit and you know they are all dangerous.

"It's obviously going to be no different at Warrington this week. They've shown their ability in knockout football this season and I'm sure it will be a great game."

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