Friday, September 19, 2014
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Leeds Rhinos

McDermott wants cup win for players

Brian-McDermott

Leeds Rhinos boss Brian McDermott wants to finally end the club’s horrific history with the Challenge Cup on Saturday – and add what he described as ‘the missing piece of the jigsaw’ to the careers of many of his senior players. Jamie Peacock is the only member of the Rhinos squad to have tasted Challenge Cup glory – in his ... Read More »

Challenge Cup Final: The stats that matter

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Castleford Tigers and Leeds Rhinos meet for the first time in a Challenge Cup final on Saturday, so with that in mind, here’s TotalRL.com’s handy guide to all the milestones and statistics that truly matter ahead of this mouthwatering event. It will be only the fourth time the clubs have met in a final, having previously contested the 1968-69 Championship ... Read More »

Opinion: Challenge Cup has fairytale ending whoever wins

Shenton Sinfield Challenge Cup

It’s been described as the most anticipated Challenge Cup Final since the showpiece event returned to Wembley – and for either Castleford Tigers or Leeds Rhinos, Saturday will provide the culmination of a fantastic and enthralling Rugby League tale. Both Castleford and Leeds’ journey to the Wembley final is the stuff of Hans Christian Andersen-type writing, such is their fairytale ... Read More »

Important travel information for Challenge Cup Final

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Fans travelling to London on Saturday August 23 for the Tetley’s Challenge Cup at Wembley Stadium (3.00pm) are asked to consider the following notices (courtesy of the RFL): Prior to your journey, please visit the Transport For London website – www.tfl.gov.uk – for information on all forms of public transport in London, routes, maps, journey planner, congestion charges and online ... Read More »

14 Cronulla players in ASADA storm accept bans

Paul-Gallen

Australian media are reporting that up to 14 past and present Cronulla Sharks players will accept deals relating to the show cause notices they were issued by ASADA – and will receive a back-dated 12-month suspension. Nathan Gardner, Wade Graham, Anthony Tupou and Sharks captain Paul Gallen have reportedly accepted the deal, as well as the likes of Jeremy Smith, ... Read More »

Daryl Powell on coaching Leeds, Rugby Union and motivation

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Castleford Tigers coach Daryl Powell admits he should probably have continued as Leeds Rhinos coach for at least another year, as he looks to become the man that continues his old club’s extraordinary hoodoo with the Challenge Cup this weekend. Powell coached the Rhinos in the early-2000s after retiring from playing – having been involved in the last squad to ... Read More »

Sinfield ready to exorcise Wembley demons

Kevin Sinfield Cup

Leeds Rhinos captain Kevin Sinfield is ready to put his Wembley hoodoo to bed this weekend by finally lifting the Challenge Cup – but insists he won’t be having painful flashbacks about his previous experiences at the national stadium. Sinfield lost three straight Challenge Cup Final matches between 2010 and 2012 at Wembley, before enduring the heartbreak of that late ... Read More »

EXCLUSIVE: Brian McDermott on quest for cup glory

Brian-McDermott

Ahead of their Challenge Cup Final clash against Wembley tomorrow, Brian McDermott has revealed just how tough his first year in charge of Leeds Rhinos was – calling it the most challenging time of his coaching career. McDermott eventually steered the Rhinos to Grand Final glory in his first season in charge – but things were far from straightforward, as ... Read More »

Challenge Cup Final: The key battles

Shenton Sinfield Challenge Cup

Guest writer James Oddy takes a look at the key areas in which Saturday’s Challenge Cup Final between Castleford Tigers and Leeds Rhinos will be won and lost.. The coaches: Brian McDermott (Leeds) vs Daryl Powell (Castleford) It’s interesting to think how different the Rugby League landscape would be had Powell been retained by Leeds before their record breaking 2004 ... Read More »