Halifax captain Scott Murrell has admitted it will “mean a lot” when he returns to Hull KR for next Sunday’s Super 8s Qualifier against Chris Chester’s side (3.0).
Fax head to New Craven Park seeking a first win after last weekend’s 14-0 loss to Widnes, while Rovers - the Challenge Cup finalists - will be buoyed by their come-from-behind victory at Leigh.
For Murrell, who joined Rovers in 2006 and was a fixture in their rise through the Super League ranks before joining Fax in 2013, the trip represents a personal landmark.
“I spent most of my career there, so it will mean a lot, there’s no getting away from that,” said Murrell, who dismissed any notion the Robins could be distracted by their upcoming Wembley date.
“We were there in pre season in January and I got a few comments about my weight but I’m looking forward to going back and seeing how we go.
“When I went there in 2006, they were in a similar situation to where we at Halifax are now; ambitious to make that step into Super League.
“If we put the hard work in, there is no reason why we can’t get to where they are.
“For them, the Cup won’t come into it; they’re a good, professional team.
“They won’t be thinking about that yet, they’ll be up for the game, just as we will.”
Murrell, who played half back, hooker and back row for the Robins, insisted that Fax will learn the lessons of the loss to the Vikings, although he believes they are already a competitive force.
“We were in that game all the way through,” he said.
“They finished ninth in Super League and to keep them at zero at half time was an outstanding effort.
“We broke them down a few times but the difference between Championship and this level is that we need to take those chances.
“We’ll learn from that and come back and be better next week.
“I thought we were the better side for periods of the game and we can take a lot of confidence from that.
“It’s more intense, it’s quicker and I think people who haven’t played at that level before will take lots from that game.
“You can get used to that over the seven weeks.
“I thought the team effort from 1 to 17 was great; all the boys can be proud.”