Rob Burrow is no stranger to Leeds v Castleford games that come with plenty of high stakes. Throughout his career he has played in some huge ones – including the 2014 Challenge Cup final, which the Rhinos won to end a 15-year hoodoo in the competition.
Yet he believes this Thursday’s showdown at Headingley is the biggest one of his entire career.
With the Rhinos languishing at the bottom of the table and Castleford in eighth position, the televised showdown is undoubtedly a massive game in the context of both teams’ seasons.
And Burrow told the Yorkshire Evening Post that with no Challenge Cup in their sights anymore following last weekend’s defeat to Huddersfield, clawing their way up the table is now their sole focus: starting with Thursday.
“Cas-Leeds games are great anyway, especially at Headingley,” Burrow said.
“It is probably the biggest game against Cas in my career.
“It means so much in the fact we have only got the league to focus on and we know we will have to play a lot better than we did on Friday to beat a quality Cas side.”
Leeds have been able to welcome back captain Danny McGuire into the fold for the fixture, with the Rhinos skipper set to hand Brian McDermott a huge boost if he is available to play following an injury layoff.