Hull FC's Tom Briscoe sets sights on inflicting more misery on KR after derby comment

Tom Briscoe of Hull FC is tackled by Amir Bourouh.
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Tom Briscoe is no stranger to the Hull derby. The Hull FC winger, in his second stint at the club after signing an 18-month deal back in April, has had his fair share of moments, usually at Hull KR's expense.

Stepping on the big stage, a then-18-year-old Briscoe scored one of the most famous derby tries ever, picking up a loose ball and evading tackles to race down the west stand touchline in a sensational 90-metre effort. Two years later, he produced THAT tackle on Peter Fox. The Rovers winger looked destined to score, but Briscoe had other ideas, shoving his opponent into touch to ensure another Hull win.

And when Briscoe left the Airlie Birds for Leeds, he remained Rovers' nemesis, scoring five tries as the Rhinos defeated Rovers 50-0 at Wembley. He also scored against them for Leigh Leopards in another Challenge Cup final last year.

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You'd forgive the Robins if they were sick of the sight of him by now, but Briscoe is ready to go again, with the now 34-year-old knowing exactly what this fixture means to both clubs and the people of Hull.

"I'm really excited," he said. "I've had some good moments with derbies in the past, and it's great to get the chance to play in these games again. I'm really looking forward to it. Hopefully, we can compete again and put ourselves in a good position to win the game.

"Of course, the rivalry between the two clubs is massive, and they're always entertaining and intense games where everyone gets stuck in. As a player, you want to play in the biggest games, and outside of the play-offs and cup finals, they are the local derbies.

"The try and the tackle are two highlights that I always see, and whenever I think about the derbies, they come back to me as if they were yesterday. I had some great moments in derby games, and I'm looking forward to hopefully getting another one.

"It's surreal. At the time, you take it all for granted. I came in as a 17-going-on-18-year-old and just played week in and week out from that moment on. It's only since I've gotten older and looked back and reflected on what I've achieved that I fully appreciate those moments."

Now on the other end of the spectrum, Briscoe is the experienced head, with the likes of young winger Lewis Martin thriving in the side. The teenager has been a regular feature in the first team this year, with a core of local talent making their mark.

"He's doing really well,” Briscoe continued. “It's pleasing, having been through that process coming in as a young kid and taking those moments and chances. It's good to see, and hopefully, he carries on with those performances, gets a shot, and stays in the team.

“It's great to have the youth getting the experience that they need. It's a tough time at the minute and wins are few and far between but to get experience just by playing and competing at this level, is only going to benefit them long term.

“They've all signed new contracts as well so they're going to be here for a while. That's great by the club, and it's great to see for them to secure their futures and see what they can do in the future."

And for Hull, who have shown gradual improvement in recent weeks, confidence is building ahead of the third derby meeting of the season, but the squad aren’t content with just being competitive. They want to win, with Briscoe hoping the side can take the next steps to do just that.

Hoped to be backed by a strong crowd on Saturday, Briscoe, a fan favourite throughout his time at the club, isn’t underestimating the effect that strong support can have.

"The results and the performances at the start of the season weren't where they needed to be, but we're competing now and we're in games," he added. “The effort is there, and there's potential.

"To get a win in a derby would be massive for the fans and for us as a team. We know there is a big job ahead, but there are a lot of positives for us. We have a lot of experience with derby games in this squad.

"We just need to get the wins now and take that next step as a team, learn to win, and in whatever way we can, but it’s nice to have the fans back on our side, especially going into this week.

"It's massive for us. The crowd is a big part, and to get a packed-out attendance at the KC is incredible, based on my experiences in the past. Obviously, we've had a couple of moments since I've been back. I'm excited now. I can't wait to get out in that atmosphere again and just get amongst it."

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