WATCH: Hull FC star Scott Taylor insists high-fliers St Helens and Warrington Wolves are not "another level"

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AS MUCH as it seems so at times, Hull FC prop Scott Taylor says Super League's top-two are not out on their own - and his side aim to prove it.

The Airlie Birds head to Warrington Wolves on Saturday, opponents who sit second behind only leaders St Helens as the competition reaches halfway.

Hull prop Scott Taylor on the attack against Castleford (SWPix)

Hull prop Scott Taylor on the attack against Castleford (SWPix)

Both sides are in the the Challenge Cup quarter-finals, too, and the trip to Halliwell Jones Stadium is sure to be a test for Hull especially as they were vanquished by the same opponents 63-12 in March.

Lee Radford's side - who sit fifth but level with third-placed Wakefield Trinity on points - have also been heavily destructed by Saints, losing there 62-16 on Easter Monday.

Prolific Saints are already 10 points clear of chasing Wakefield, Catalans Dragons and Hull while Warrington are six in front of that chasing pack.

Still, Hull recovered from a 37-6 home loss to Catalans to impressively beat Castleford Tigers 28-12 in Friday's Challenge Cup tie.

Hull FC's Albert Kelly celebrates scoring against Castleford. (PIC:BRUCE ROLLINSON)

Hull FC's Albert Kelly celebrates scoring against Castleford. (PIC:BRUCE ROLLINSON)

That means the East Yorkshire club - who, with Taylor, won the the Cup in 2016 and 2017 - remain on course for their third trip to Wembley in just four years.

Ironically, they have been drawn at home to holders Catalans in the quarter-finals.

At least they will soon have a chance to redeem themselves for that poor recent league showing against the French side.

Hull were far more dominant up front against Castleford and afterwards England prop Taylor admitted. "We were really happy.

"It was a poor showing at home the week before (against Catalans) and we've spoken about our consistency.

"We needed a reaction. Obviously the Cup means a lot to us and to turn up against a good Cas team like that was really pleasing.

"We started really well. We blew them away in the first 25 and that set the tone.

"We were probably a bit scrappy second half but we're not bothered when it comes to the Challenge Cup. We just wanted to be in the hat.

"There was a lot of boys out there who have been a part of it the last few years and had that winning taste; maybe that's the advantage we have on other teams sometimes - we know the feeling when you get there and lift it.

"I just hope it's not another one-off and we put in a poor showing next week.

"We have to go to Warrington and give them a real good go because when we've played the top-two teams this year we've made them look like they're on another level and I don't think that's the case at all."