Thompson aiming to settle personal score with Leeds

Hull FC forward Jordan Thompson is eagerly anticipating tonight’s Challenge Cup quarter-final against Leeds Rhinos – as he aims to get revenge on the Rhinos for a heartbreaking cup defeat four years ago.

Thompson was part of the Castleford Tigers team that lost out 10-8 after extra time to Leeds in the semi-finals of the cup at Doncaster in 2011, when the game went to golden point after finishing 8-8 after 80 minutes.

And, with Hull now just two wins away from Wembley, Thompson wants to dump the Rhinos out of the competition and move a step closer to a first appearance at the national stadium in 2015.

“That was the nearest I’ve been to Wembley,” he said. “There were only two points in it and (Kevin) Sinfield kicked the winning goal.”

Hull have suffered back-t0-back defeats in Super League to see them clinging onto a spot in the top eight, but Thompson says confidence is still high in the camp ahead of the game.

“We’ve been building for the last few weeks and we’re confident that we can beat anyone. We let ourselves down in the first 40 minutes at Leeds but we’ve got a good vibe about ourselves in training.”