Challenge Cup history is forgotten, says Mac

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 League this season. However, McDermott insists there is no fear surrounding the camp and their Challenge Cup drought – saying they have to forget the past, and focus on the future.

“It’s a fantastic competition is the Challenge Cup, and because we have the upsets and have some teams who do better than others, that’s why it is so good. If you’re lucky enough to get through to the final it’s a fantastic event where you’re playing in front of 80,000 people. It’s something to be savoured, because we’re not here for too long,” McDermott said.

“It’s obvious to wonder about and question Leeds’ history in the cup, but forget what’s happened over the last few years, because we’ve got an opportunity to go again this year. The fear of not getting the job done should never make you put the handbrake on, you’ve got to go for it – and that’s what we’re doing.”

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