Leeds Rhinos' Danny McGuire happy to be final underdog

Carnegie Challenge Cup Final

Venue:
Wembley
Date:
Saturday, 27 August
Kick-off:
1430 BST
Coverage:
Watch live on BBC 1 and BBC Sport website; listen on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra, BBC Radio Manchester and BBC Radio Leeds; text commentary on BBC Sport website and mobiles
Danny McGuire
McGuire has made 248 appearances for Leeds Rhinos

Leeds Rhinos' Danny McGuire says he is happy Wigan are classed as favourites for Saturday's Challenge Cup final.

The Warriors have picked up the trophy a record 17 times and sit top of Super League.

McGuire told BBC Radio Leeds: "They are the form team of the competition and they've got a lot of players that are playing really well.

"But for the underdogs tag, we'll take it. We will just concentrate on what we are good at."

McGuire was part of the side that lost to Warrington in the final last year, something he is desperate to put right.

"We just got totally outplayed on the day and if everyone is honest, we probably played our final in the quarter final and semi-final when we beat Wigan and Saints," he said.

"This year has been totally different, we've had our ups and downs, we've had some testing times, so hopefully we can go there this year and do ourselves some justice."

The scrum-half admitted they were slightly fortunate in their 10-8 semi-final win against Castleford, and that Wigan will take some stopping at Wembley.

"Defensively you need to be really strong because they are scoring some points at the minute, they've got a lot of dangerous players with ball in hand," he said.

"When we get the ball we're going to have to throw something at them and test them out."

As well as last year's defeat, the opportunity to win a trophy that has passed the club by for so long is being used as extra motivation.

"We've been successful in Super League and we have won World Club Challenges, but the Challenge Cup has eluded quite a lot of us," McGuire added.

"I know for a fact everyone wants to do well in it and wants to win it.

"But we need to turn up and make sure we perform on the day, and it'll be really special if you can be involved in a Challenge Cup winning team."

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