Challenge Cup final: Leeds Rhinos line up still undecided

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Fear of defeat will not hamper Leeds

Challenge Cup final: Leeds v Warrington

Saturday, 25 August
14:30 BST
BBC One, BBC HD and online: 14:00-17:00 BST; BBC Radio 5 live: 14:30-17:00 BST; BBC local radio

Leeds Rhinos coach Brian McDermott is still undecided on who will be in his starting line-up for Saturday's Challenge Cup final against Warrington.

The Rhinos will be without influential half-back Danny McGuire, who has been ruled out with a knee injury.

"I'm not decided just yet. I've got some big decisions to make," he told BBC Radio Leeds.

"There'll be some very, very pleased people and it'll be gut wrenching for one or two."

McDermott added: "No matter what decision gets made and who it involves I'm sure they'll take it the right way because there's a group philosophy towards this game."

Leeds have been beaten in the last two finals, losing to the Wire in 2010 before falling at the last hurdle against Wigan in 2011.

Despite having not won the knockout competition since 1999, McDermott says the team should not be driven by past failures.

"I'm not bothered about recent history," he continued. "We're not going there to win it because we've lost the last few. We're going there to win it because it will feel fantastic to win.

"We can't be motivated by being scared to death to lose because of what's gone before."

Meanwhile Rhinos skipper Kevin Sinfield has raised concerns about the absent McGuire by deeming him "irreplaceable".

The 29-year-old is out for at least six weeks with a knee injury picked up in the victory over Widnes.

"He's just class and to lose him, knowing what it means to him, is a tough one," he said.

"There's no other player in the competition who can do what Danny does and we can't replace that.

"What we have to do is put someone else in there and play to their strengths and hopefully they'll come up with their best game for us."

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