Rhinos must be at their best, says 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 Post.

“They are capable of winning the comp, so we need to be at our best.

“You can’t really ask for much more than that, but games like this usually bring the best out of this team.

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“I have been watching them for years and you can see they are a team that has been in many finals and does have that bit of experience, but we definitely can’t do what we did on Friday night.”

On that Friday night, the Rhinos lost to relegated rivals Bradford Bulls, throwing away an opportunity to go top of the league.

“We need to play a lot better,” Aiton said.

“It was disappointing last week, we made a lot of errors, but having said that, it is a semi-final this week and I think we will learn from it and move on.

“The main thing is, we need to hang on to the ball, but the Cup is a different competition and a big game.

“I haven’t been in a semi-final before – from the age of 18 onwards – so I am looking forward to it.

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“I have been in good teams, with good players, but I have missed out a few times. I don’t want to let this chance slip.”

On the Challenge Cup itself, Aiton said: “I love it.

“I am very eager to get through and we’ve got some experienced players who are really keen to win it.

“At any club you want to be in it and each individual player wants to get to the final and win it.”

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