Castleford Tigers v Leeds Rhinos: Rivals happy on eve of Challenge Cup semi final

TROPHY HUNTERS: Rival skippers Castleford Tigers' Danny Orr (left) and Leeds Rhinos Kevin Sinfield with the Carnegie Challenge Cup. ''PIC: Chris Mangnall

TROPHY HUNTERS: Rival skippers Castleford Tigers' Danny Orr (left) and Leeds Rhinos Kevin Sinfield with the Carnegie Challenge Cup. ''PIC: Chris Mangnall

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RIVAL coaches Brian McDermott and Terry Matterson both reckon their team will go into the Carnegie Challenge Cup semi-final in decent shape.

McDermott’s Leeds Rhinos are bidding for a second successive Wembley appearance, while opponents Castleford Tigers are in their first semi-final since 2002.

The Leeds coach admitted to being “nervous” about the threat Tigers will pose at Doncaster’s Keepmoat Stadium.

But he insisted: “Everything is good and we have had a pretty focused week.”

McDermott will select from a full-strength squad, but Matterson has seven players unavailable.

The Cas boss said: “Our form has been pretty good. It has been a bit up and down, but we’ve faced difficult circumstances.

“We have had a really tough run, but we have done a lot of good stuff.

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