HULL KR’S Maurice Blair hopes the club can go “all the way” to Wembley and deliver only their second ever Challenge Cup success.
The club, whose sole victory famously came against fierce rivals Hull in 1980, host Catalans Dragons in the quarter-finals after the French side narrowly defeated part-timers Featherstone Rovers 37-34 last night.
Hull KR progressed themselves following Friday’s shock 16-12 triumph over 19-times champions Wigan Warriors - just a fortnight after losing 60-0 against the same opponents in Super League.
Blair, the Australian second-row who has impressed since joining from Gold Coast Titans last winter, switched to scrum-half following an injury to Albert Kelly, and duly put in a terrific performance.
The former Melbourne Storm star scored Rovers’ first try with a fine individual effort and was rugged with his defence, too, as Wigan were stunned.
Blair told The Yorkshire Post: “We lost Albert at training during the week and I had a couple of days’ notice.
“I was coming back from injury, too, but I formed a good combination with (stand-off) Terry (Campese), got my hands on the ball a bit more and my defence was ok.
“I’ve never played there (Wembley) before and just going off the boys’ reaction after that win versus Wigan it sounds like it’s pretty special.
“Hopefully we’ll keep winning all the way.”
Rovers head to reigning cup holders and league leaders Leeds Rhinos on Friday.
Blair, 31, said: “It’s going to be another tough game in similar circumstances to last Friday.
“We definitely put in a better performance second time against Wigan.
“We defended really well especially in the conditions we faced but we’d spoken about the need to do that after what happened before.
“There was more desire and we got a couple of troops back from injury as well which helped and then we had a real good week in training working on our defence before taking that into the game.”