Challenge Cup excites, not worries me – JJB

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’ used an incredibly philosophical approach when analysing his failure to win the cup, saying it certainly doesn’t cause him any sleepless nights.

“It’d be incomplete, yeah. However I look at it in a funny way – if you’ve got a jigsaw hung up on the wall with one piece missing, the piece that’s missing would be the most interesting piece of the whole jigsaw,” Jones Buchanan said.

“There would be an interesting story behind it, and I’m chuffed to bits with the journey I’ve been on in the last ten or twelve years. Whether that ‘jigsaw piece’ gets filled in or not then it’s going to be a great picture at the end of it all. We’ve all got our own destines, and the main challenge for me is to be as good as I can be each and every day.

“I’ve got four young boys at home, there’s plenty for me to worry about! I don’t worry about it, I get excited about it instead. I get excited about the possibility of winning it, and what a Challenge Cup final would mean to me and the group.”

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