Rhinos need to focus on defence says Sinfield

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Kevin SinfieldLeeds Rhinos skipper Kevin Sinfield believes containing the free scoring Wigan attack will be key to his side's chances in Saturday's Challenge Cup semi-final. The Rhinos (+10 Match Handicap) will be looking to avenge their 28-18 defeat by the Warriors in last season's final.

Sinfield, who has scored over 1000 goals for Leeds, said "There's an old cliche that defence wins games and we need to play as well without the ball as with. We've done a lot of work on that side of our game in the build-up."

As well as losing out to Wigan (-10 Match Handicap) in last year's showpiece the Rhinos were humbled 50-8 by them at Headingley in June, having lost 20-6 at the DW Stadium on the opening weekend of the Super League season.

Sinfield added "Wigan pose a different threat with Sam Tomkins (8/1 First Try Scorer) and we need to cater for him and look after him but we can't just focus all our efforts on him. They're a great team and they've got some fantastic internationals throughout."


Despite a glittering career at the top of rugby league Sinfield is yet to win a Challenge Cup and the 31-year-old is keen to help his side reach a third successive final and get his hands on the trophy.

The five time Grand Final winner continued "I think people know how desperate I am and how much the whole team want to get back to Wembley. It would mean a great deal to me to win the Challenge Cup. If I don't then they're just the cards I've been dealt but it won't be for the want of trying."

Holders Wigan welcome back Super League's top try-scorer Josh Charnley (6/1 First Try Scorer) from a calf injury to face Leeds. The game marks a 44th Challenge Cup semi-final appearance for both clubs although the sides have not met each other at this stage since 1968 - when Leeds won 28-4.

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