Washbrook admits they’re hoping for a favour from Wigan

Hull FC forward Danny Washbrook has admitted that they’re hoping for a favour from Super League rivals Wigan this weekend to ensure their chance of winning the League Leader’s Shield goes into the final weekend.

After back-to-back defeats following their Wembley triumph last month, Hull know that victory against Wakefield on Thursday night may not be enough to keep their hopes of top spot alive heading into the last round of the Super 8s.

Should Warrington beat the Warriors on Friday night, it will be they who secure the shield, and Washbrook admits they are hoping Wigan can help them out to keep the hopes of both sides finishing top alive going into the business end of the season.

“Obviously we missed a chance last week,” said Hull forward Washbrook. “It would have been a good opportunity in a week’s time when we play Warrington to play off for the top spot.

“If they get the win this week it puts them top for definite, so we’re hoping for a favour from Wigan, but we’re just going to prepare ourselves for Wakefield and then Warrington next week and hopefully for a home semi-final the week after.

“There is still a lot to play for and hopefully we’ll be right up there in the last couple of weeks.”

Washbrook played a pivotal role for Wakefield last year as they eventually avoided relegation in the Million Pound Game: and he admits it is nice to see his former side doing considerably better this year after making the top eight.

“I played in it with them last year and it’s not nice wondering what might happen,” he said. “It’s good to know they’re guaranteed Super League for next year.

“They won’t want to end the season on a bad set of results, they’ll be wanting to finish with a little flourish so they’ll be coming out all guns blazing to get the win.”