Hall hopes for happy return to Wembley
Leeds Rhinos winger Ryan Hall will return to the scene of one of his finest hours this weekend, but is hoping for a better outcome.
The 24-year-old scored two breathtaking tries at Wembley last November, albeit in defeat for England against Australia, and returns to the national stadium with his club side this Saturday.
The opposition will be dressed in the blue and primrose of Warrington Wolves this time rather than the green and gold of the Kangaroos, and the prize on the line is the Challenge Cup as opposed to Test match glory.
For Hall, though, the mission remains the same: to score tries and in doing so help Leeds to a first cup success since their 1999 victory over London Broncos.
"I don't think about it too much before a game, but history suggests I perform well in big games, scoring crucial tries and it just comes to me," he told Press Association Sport.
"If you think you're going to score loads of tries in a final, it won't happen. It's really nice thinking of the tries I've scored, such as the ones against Australia, but the hurt after the game is not a nice feeling and I want to put those wrongs right."
Crossing the whitewash is something Hall is adept at. His brace against Catalan Dragons on Saturday pushed him up to 30 for the season - the fourth campaign in a row in which he has achieved the milestone.
He has reached his personal goal as a result but, owing to the grounded nature of a Leeds dressing room which has won five of the last eight Grand Finals, there is no room for self-glorification.
"I've said it's not about me, it's the team winning. I would swap all 30 tries to get a winners medal on Saturday," he added.
"I don't know if we promote being down to earth, but that's how the players are. You get brought up that way; you don't see anyone doing it, so you don't tend to do it yourself. It's the way you live your life."
Hall has been a first-team regular for the Rhinos for close to six seasons now and will soon be treading a well-worn path to a testimonial.
The likes of Rob Burrow, Danny McGuire and Kevin Sinfield have all done the same over recent and current times, and the amount of players who accumulate 10 years of service at Headingley is testament to the settled nature of the club.
Their solidarity will be required against the Wolves on Saturday too, and Hall believes that the culture of his club means they have more than a chance.
"We have quite a number of experienced players in our squad; they will be bringing everyone along," he said.
"I've been around a little bit longer in these big games, played in quite a few, including some Grand Finals and a couple of Wembley ones. I've not won a Wembley one yet so it would be nice to do that this weekend.
"It's my sixth year; there has been a history in the team to get a testimonial and that's a target for me at the moment.
"I think it's one of the reasons why we're so successful; we have a great bunch of lads who are ultimately best friends.
"The longevity of the players and the way they stick around, that's key to it, so we keep hold of the good players and bring through the young ones."