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Luke Robinson Q&A

Huddersfield's Luke Robinson

This season's Carnegie Challenge Cup reaches its climax on Saturday when Huddersfield take on Warrington at Wembley.

The game will be shown live from 1400 BST on BBC One and online, with commentary also on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra.

Ahead of the game, we gave you the chance to quiz Huddersfield half-back Luke Robinson.

Thank you for your questions, Luke answers the best below:


How much are you looking forward to playing at Wembley?
Ted B, Brighton

It's been a childhood dream of mine to play at Wembley and I used to go down and watch the games when I was younger - usually Wigan were playing. But to actually have the chance to play there makes me feel like I'm part of history.

Having said that, it is one thing to be in the final and another to win it. We want to come back with winners' medals. It's a massive occasion for everyone involved because it has been a while since either club won anything. That makes it even more special.

Who has been the best player that you have played against to get to the final?
Dom Gooch, Hull

Sean Long
Sean Long's absence against Huddersfield hurt St Helens

It's hard to say. We've had a tough road to get to Wembley with playing three Super League teams - Harlequins, Castleford and then St Helens in the semi-final.

Matt Gidley can cause you problems, but I think Paul Whatuira did a good job to keep him quiet. To be honest, I was happy Sean Long wasn't in the St Helens line-up the day we played them because he is one of the best half-backs I have played against and is a real legend of the game.

Do you think the Giants can become as successful as the likes of Saints and Leeds under Nathan Brown?
Elliott, Wakefield

I don't see why not. It's rare for a team to stay top of their game forever and things go in cycles. We are hoping we can be a team to break through and challenge. It used to be that the best players went to the top clubs, but I think the salary cap has helped make things more even.

Saints and Leeds are still in front but the likes of Hull KR and ourselves have made progress in trying to catch up with them. As the coach, Nathan gets the best out of individuals and instils confidence in us. That shows in how happy we are at training and in games.

What will be your preparation be on the morning of the final?
Euan Watson, Saltaire

I'll come down to breakfast about a minute before it finishes so I can get as much sleep as I can. After that, I just like to relax and have a stretch and think about what my job will be. Usually the players have a bit of a walk around together.

I used to have a lot of routines so now I just listen to my body and see how I feel. If I want to eat, I will. I normally share a room with Kevin Brown. He's another cheeky half-back so we give a bit of stick out to the others. Sometimes when we come back to our room, it hasn't been as we've left it so we have to keep an eye on everyone now.

If you were to score in the final, have you thought about a try celebration?
Emma, Warrington

Not yet, but generally when I think about a try celebration I don't score. Maybe if I don't think of one I will get over. Although it is a big occasion I try not to think too much about the game, but you can't forget about it completely.

What is the bigger game for a modern-day rugby league player? Playing in a Super League Grand final or the Challenge Cup final?
Casual Des, Orford, Warrington

As a player, I would like to win both. The Grand Final is an amazing occasion and you work all year for it, but there is so much history and prestige attached to the Challenge Cup final. I think it is more special.

Do you have any ambitions to make the England Four Nations squad? If so, would a Lance Todd Trophy-winning performance in the Challenge Cup final get you the recognition needed?
Jarricho Cherry, North London

Everyone wants to test themselves at international level and I still want to represent my country, but playing well for Huddersfield is my main priority.

Although everyone wants to win the Lance Todd Trophy, Nathan Brown has instilled in us the belief that we do what is good for the team and what will give us the victory. If one of my team-mates wins it but I contribute to the overall performance and get a winner's medal, then I will be happy.

Have you been disappointed or disheartened by the lack of interest and support from the locals in Huddersfield since you joined and do you think the new fans your recent success has attracted will stick with you in leaner, more difficult times in future?
Matty Hebditch, Leeds

Huddersfield have had a tough job and moving stadium from Fartown to the Galpharm Stadium lost them some fans. They have had to rebuild and year-on-year the attendance figures are increasing. At the Cup semi-final, there might not have been as many Huddersfield fans as Saints fans but you wouldn't have known it because they made so much noise. It made for a fantastic atmosphere.

It helps when we are playing well and winning games and we will be aiming to build on what we have done this year.

Huddersfield's Luke Robinson goes up against Salford's John Wilshere
Robinson is not afraid to mix it up with the big boys

With you being so small, what is it like having the likes of Adrian Morley running at you and is there a specific way to tackle big blokes?
Ross Evans, Warrington

Close your eyes! We don't like the likes of Adrian Morley and Garreth Carvell running at us but it is payback time when they start getting tired and we start running at them at speed. On a defensive note, I just have to get my body in front, be a bit of a speed bump and get support from my fellow players.

Wigan's Iafeta Palea'aesina is tricky to tackle because he is as wide as he is tall and you don't know which way to go. In training, we have to take on big blokes like Eorl Crabtree, Darrell Griffin and Paul Jackson, so we get used to it. I like the physical aspect of the game, I just wish I was a bit bigger so I could get involved more.

Do decisions like forward passes and offsides infuriate you as players or do you just go with the flow?
Lyn Humpleby, Huddersfield

I suppose I should say I always go with the flow, but I don't always do that and it gets infuriating at times. Although it is frustrating when calls go against you, good teams and good players try to use it as a positive. It makes you more determined. At the end of the day, we are all human. Players make mistakes and so do referees.

After a poor performance in a game what keeps you motivated for the next game?
Annie Taylor, Huddersfield

I'm a bad loser - ask my family or my girlfriend - and I get very cranky and angry for a few days. The good thing with rugby league is that usually if you don't feel like you've done yourself justice you soon have a chance to put it right. A week can be a long time in sport and you are itching to get back on the field to prove it was just a one-off.

Luke Robinson's fan club
Team Robbo make their presence felt at the Murrayfield Magic weekend

Some of your fans have made up a banner which says 'Use the force, Luke'. Do you like Star Wars? Who's your favourite character?
Phil, Wolverhampton

That all started with my girlfriend Laura, some of her university friends and my sister. They started coming to games and I think I am just an excuse for them to meet up and have a good time. They've called themselves Team Robbo but she didn't tell me she was doing the banner so when it was a bit embarrassing when I saw it.

They enjoy going to games and having a good time, but they missed the semi-final because they were in Australia on holiday. I've had to sort out their transport and tickets to Wembley because they've been away so it has been more work for me! I actually do like Star Wars - my favourite is Han Solo because he's cool and gets the women, but my team-mates say I'm more like Yoda.

If you could play a different sport for a day what would it be?
Adam Burnett, Scholes, West Yorkshire

I'm a big fan of skiing, but I can't get up to anything like the speeds that the pros do. I'd like to have a go at football to see what it is like to live a footballer's life - is it as rosy as they all say or is it frustrating with all the media attention you get?

Would you ever like to play in Australia when you have achieved everything you want to in Super League?
Matty Cosgrove, Armley, Leeds

I've always said I'd like to go travelling but my career has obviously intervened and you have to make the most of that when you can. I've said I'd like to go to the south of France and live there or Australia to experience the lifestyle there, maybe even playing lower-grade rugby.

I've got a year left on my contract at Huddersfield but a lot of things can change in 12 months so you make the most of it while you can. As long as you stay fit, there will be options open to you.

AND FINALLY, THE QUESTION WE ARE ASKING EVERYONE THIS SEASON:

Which of your team-mates would you most and least like to be stuck on a desert island with?

I'd least to be stuck with Stephen Wild because he can moan about absolutely anything - training's too long, training's not long enough, it's too hot, it's too cold, his boots are too soft, his boots are too hard. We've found out that it is because he does what he is told at home so he makes up for it with us.

I'd most like to be stuck with my usual room-mate Kevin Brown because his neck is so long. If we were stuck for food, he could do an impression of a giraffe and grab something down for us from a tree.



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