Rhinos aim to go one better
Leeds Rhinos will get the fourth round of the Carnegie Challenge Cup underway tonight when they host Wakefield Trinity Wildcats, with the ultimate aim of making it third time lucky this year.
The Rhinos, who last lifted the trophy in 1999, have been runners-up in each of the last two seasons and must once more do it the hard way after being paired with Stobart Super League opposition for the 10th time out of a possible 11.
Leeds coach Brian McDermott makes no secret of his team’s desire to go one better than last year, when they lost in the final to Wigan Warriors in his first season at the helm.
“This club has got a proud history in this competition and in recent times quite a bit of heartache,” said McDermott. “However, we make no bones about it, we want to win it.
“We realise that could involve more heartache but that is what champion sides do. There is no point us going into a competition if our aim is not to win it.
“We face a tough challenge in our first game against Wakefield but we are pleased to be playing Super League opposition because it is a challenge that we know.
“I am sure Wakefield will be keen to cause an upset but we must match that desire, especially at home.”
Castleford Tigers prop forward Craig Huby will make his comeback from a broken kneecap in tomorrow’s derby at Featherstone.
It is almost 12 months to the day since the 26-year-old made his last appearance and coach Ian Millward says his return will provide a timely boost.
“It’s like making a mid-season signing,” he said. “He’s really impressed us in training and over the last few weeks. He’s skilful, his presence is good and he adds size to the team.”
Millward is also able to recall six regulars who sat out the Easter Monday defeat by St Helens, including Man of Steel Rangi Chase and captain Danny Orr.
Former St Helens hooker Scott Moore misses the chance to play against his old club tomorrow after being released by Widnes just six games into his Vikings career.