Leeds Rhinos' Kevin Sinfield wants cup final improvement

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

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Rhinos captain to savour moment

Leeds Rhinos skipper Kevin Sinfield has said he wants to make amends for last year's Challenge Cup final defeat when they face Wigan at Wembley on Saturday.

Warrington ran out 30-6 winners at Wembley and the loose-forward is looking for an improved performance.

"We need to turn up and perform Saturday irrespective of the result," Sinfield told BBC Radio Leeds.

"We need to send people home proud of what we've done and happy in the fact that we've given our all."

The defeat continued Leeds's barren run in the competition as the Rhinos look for their first Challenge Cup victory since 1999.

However, standing in their way this year is a strong Wigan team, which Sinfield admits will make the task even tougher.

"We're playing against the number one side in Super League as it stands, so it's a massive challenge.

"I think a bigger one for us is to turn up and play as well as we can and play at our full potential. If we do that, we will cause them some problems."

Coach Brian McDermott admitted that he will have to disappoint some of his squad when he picks his final 17, a feeling that Sinfield knows well after being dropped for the final in 2000 at Murrayfield against Bradford.

"That was the worst moment of my career given I'd played in every match that year.

"It was dreadful, heartbreaking. All of my family and friends were travelling down to watch what would have been my first major final and I was told I wasn't playing.

"Any sportsman has to face adversity. I got it early in my career."

But now, the 30-year-old will be hoping he can get his hands on the trophy for the first time.

"I've always believed that things happen for a reason and for whatever reason so far, it is not meant to be for me or for this team. Hopefully on Saturday, things will change."

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