Hull Kingston Rovers hooker Shaun Lunt believes that the club’s vast Challenge Cup inexperience compared to rivals Leeds could play into their hands at Wembley on Saturday.
Only three members of the KR squad have experience of playing in the final – all at other clubs – and Lunt, who has lost two finals in the past with Huddersfield and Leeds, says that the freedom of not experiencing the pressure of a cup final could be an advantage for them.
“The lads will be fine. They’ve haven’t been speaking to me about what it feels like to lose it, they’ve been asking Tyrone McCarthy about what it’s like to win it!” he told the club’s official website.
“I lost to Tyrone both times I’ve played in a cup final so fingers crossed this weekend I’m picking up that trophy and giving it a big kiss!
“I’ve got the benefit of playing in two cup finals but at the same time I know how bad it is to lose. Some of the boys who haven’t played in them are going in without that knowledge and that could be a good thing.
“They’re going in there with nothing to lose, they’re like a little kid just enjoying playing rugby and that could help them.”