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Scott Taylor insists Hull FC deserve their unlikely shot at the Super League play-offs – and wants them to complete a “weird” year by winning the Grand Final on their home ground.
The Black and Whites have been handed a title chance after the Covid-hit competition ended its regular season early and extended the top four to six clubs.
That has given Andy Last’s side a chance to reach the season decider on November 27, which has been switched from Old Trafford to the KCOM Stadium.
And front rower Taylor said: “I do feel like we deserve a shot. A lot of people are saying we’re lucky but I think you earn your luck. We’ve always put our hand up, we took a lot of criticism for the way we were playing when when Lasty took over, and we had to deal with the first big Covid outbreak.
“There is a bit of luck there with the format getting changed but we’ve done everything else ourselves to get us in this position.
Taylor has been limited to playing just twice in seven months
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“It’s been a weird year, and how much weirder could it be than if we ended up coming from nowhere and getting there? That would put us in immortality as Hull FC players – no other Hull team has done it.
“We know it will be the hardest route – we’ll probably have to get through Warrington, Wigan and Saints. But I’ve said to the boys to let it sink in that if we get the win at Warrington, we’re one win away from a Grand Final in our own stadium.
“That’s never happened before and probably never will again. If you’d have said that to us three or four months ago we’d have laughed in your face.”
Warrington Wolves stand in the way of Hull's Grand Final hopes on Thursday
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Taylor himself has had to deal with significant adversity in 2020 ahead of Thursday's clash with Warrington. He added: “I’ve only played twice in seven months – I had a bad back injury I couldn’t do much with in lockdown, and I’ve had to isolate three times. I’ve had a real rough year personally.
“But there’s a bit of responsibility as one of the guys that hasn’t played much, and is fit and fresh, to go in there and take it to them early on. I’m excited by that challenge.
“It’s the first time since I’ve been at Hull FC that we’ve come into the play-offs and the season hasn't already been a success with some silverware in the back pocket. We’re going in as underdogs, which we quite like.”