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Leeds Rhinos book their place in Challenge Cup final

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Leeds Rhinos are just 80 minutes away from their first Challenge Cup success in 15 years, after they saw off the challenge of cup rivals Warrington Wolves to book their place at Wembley in two weeks time with a 24-16 win. The platform was laid for a Rhinos victory after an incredible first-half performance from Leeds – who led 14-0 ... Read More »

Ban has given me focus, says Sinfield

Kevin Sinfield. ©RLPhotos

Leeds Rhinos captain Kevin Sinfield is ready to return from his two-match ban this weekend against Warrington, and he says his fortnight away from playing has given him extra focus to succeed. Sinfield was infamously sent off against Castleford two weeks ago after headbutting Luke Dorn, and after sitting out his ban, he is almost certain to return to the ... Read More »

Challenge Cup history is forgotten, says Mac

Brian-McDermott

Leeds Rhinos boss Brian McDermott insists Leeds’ recent history in the Challenge Cup means nothing – and worrying about it is not the way to prepare for a semi-final clash against Warrington Wolves. Leeds have infamously not won the famous cup in 15 years, with the Rhinos potentially 160 minutes away from ending one of the biggest droughts in Rugby ... Read More »

Stats Zone: Challenge Cup semi-final special

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Leeds Rhinos v Warrington Wolves – Saturday, 2:30pm KO Leeds have not defeated Warrington in a Challenge Cup semi-final for over a century – since an 11-10 victory at Broughton in 1910. Warrington have won the last four meetings between the clubs at this stage since then. Leeds are appearing in a record-equalling 45th Challenge Cup semi-final (shared with Wigan) ... Read More »

Friday Flashback: Challenge Cup special

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For this week’s edition of the Friday Flashback, we’re only going back a few years, as two great Challenge Cup rivals prepare to do battle once again. The last two occasions in which Leeds and Warrington have locked horns in the cup have been in the final – but this year, they’re both playing for a place at Wembley. Amazingly, ... Read More »

Challenge Cup excites, not worries me – JJB

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Jamie Jones-Buchanan admits his career would be incomplete without a Challenge Cup victory with Leeds Rhinos – but said instead of worrying about it, the challenge of lifting the trophy simply excites him. Jones-Buchanan is part of a core of Rhinos stalwarts that have never lifted the famous Challenge Cup trophy, with Leeds’ last success coming in 1999. However, ‘JJB’ ... Read More »

Form is irrelevant, says Leeds Rhinos boss

Brian-Mcdermott

Form means nothing when it comes to the Challenge Cup semi-finals – that’s the view of Leeds Rhinos boss Brian McDermott, as they take on their arch-rivals Warrington with a place in the final at stake tomorrow. The Rhinos are heading into the game off the back of a shock defeat against local rivals Bradford, whilst the Wolves managed to ... Read More »

Smith: It’s only fair Sinfield is playing

Tony-Smith

Warrington boss Tony Smith believes Kevin Sinfield’s two-match ban for a headbutt on Luke Dorn a fortnight ago was the right decision and insists he’s glad it didn’t force the Leeds Rhinos captain out of Saturday’s Challenge Cup semi-final. “Any more than two games with his impeccable record would have been wrong,” Smith told the Yorkshire Evening Post. Click here ... Read More »

Rhinos must be at their best, says Aiton

Paul-Aiton

Leeds hooker Paul Aiton believes the Rhinos must be on top of their game to get past Warrington and progress to the Challenge Cup final, but says his side are determined to do so. The Super League giants lock horns on Saturday for a place at Wembley. “Warrington are a great team,” the Papua New Guinean told the Yorkshire Evening ... Read More »

Challenge Cup: Ormsby brimming with confidence ahead of semi

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Warrington Wolves winger Gene Ormsby is full of confidence ahead of the Tetley’s Challenge Cup semi-final against Leeds Rhinos at Langtree Park on Saturday (2.30pm). After a hard-fought victory against Catalan Dragons on Friday night in Perpignan and winning eight games out of their last 10, Ormsby believes the Wolves are the form team going into Saturday’s game. “We had ... Read More »