Leeds Rhinos v Hull KR: YEP jury Challenge Cup final predictions

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Our panel of Headingley fans gives their verdict on the Cup final...

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SEND-OFF: Leeds Rhinos fans would love to see Jamie Peacock, (above) Kylie Leuluai and Kevin Sinfield given a Challenge Cup final winning send-off on Saturday when Hull KR will stand in their way at Wembley.

SEND-OFF: Leeds Rhinos fans would love to see Jamie Peacock, (above) Kylie Leuluai and Kevin Sinfield given a Challenge Cup final winning send-off on Saturday when Hull KR will stand in their way at Wembley.

Anne Bosanquet

Wembley is always a big occasion and the game against Hull KR is sure to be a show stopper.

I think the match will be tough, as both teams are having a good run of form. The Rhinos are in a great position at the top of the league, and have had some impressive wins.

Defensively we have made great improvements and the team has great momentum.

Hull KR have played all their matches in the Qualifiers, with a 100 per cent unbeaten record and put up some big scores.

My prediction for Saturday is the Rhinos will dig deep and take the win, with Hull KR making it difficult for us. We will need to go and play the match with quick thinking and keep the ball moving.

I don’t think there’ll be much between each team, so predict a close score. I’m looking forward to the trip down.

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Jon Winter

It would be a dream ending for Leeds to send off Sinfield and Peacock with another Wembley win, but fairytale endings are few and far between.

As a Leeds fan we have had plenty of heartache in the Challenge Cup final over recent years. In those years we won’t have a better chance of retaining the trophy up against a team that are currently in the middle-8s. They will no doubt be dangerous, no doubt Albert Kelly will play for Hull and he will be the man to watch.

But if Leeds play as they have been doing, there will only be one winner! It’s great that Leeds have sold so many tickets, rumoured to be many more than last year.

It’s hardly surprising, who knows when Leeds will make a Wembley final again? We’ve been blessed in recent seasons with Sir Kev and Jamie Peacock.

Dianne Hall

Forget the Super 8s for now; this is a one-off game which we should be looking forward to full of confidence.

Apart from the long-term injuries, we don’t know which team will be picked. It’s always unfortunate when players miss out who have helped us get to a final, but they will, hopefully, come back stronger for this.

So, as fans are talking about us winning at Wembley for the players who are moving on we should also be thinking about absent players who got us there.

A Wembley Challenge Cup final is always a magnificent, but daunting occasion and one which many of our players have experienced before but most of the Hull KR players have not, and for this reason I expect us to have the upper hand.

Graham Poulter

WELL HERE we are once again for our fifth appearance out of six seasons at Wembley and hopefully our second consecutive win.

I hope this will be the first trophy that we win this season. It won’t by any means be easy; our attitude has to be spot on, along with our discipline and for us to give Hull KR the respect that they deserve.

They have beaten quality teams on their road to the final, though we have the quality at our disposal to deal with the threat. Last year I felt that Castleford Tigers froze and we didn’t see the best of what they had to offer.

As long as we play our normal game and not the occasion then I can only see us winning by a convincing margin.

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Jamie Smith

The first piece of silverware is up for grabs on Saturday as we take on Hull KR at Wembley Stadium as favourites despite Rovers knocking out some big teams along the way.

Last year’s win was sweet for so many reasons, but to do it back to back would be absolutely amazing.

And it’s also a fitting way for Kevin Sinfield, Jamie Peacock and Kylie Leuluai to finish their Challenge Cup campaigns in a Rhinos shirt.

It will certainly be a nervy 80 minutes for the Rhinos faithful, who, as always, will turn out in force.

And come full-time, it will be the Blue and Amber section of the stadium that will be celebrating for a second consecutive year as we watch Sir Kevin Sinfield lift the Challenge Cup again.

Craig Tarbotton

an’t wait for this year’s Challenge Cup final; the whole day and the trip to Wembley is always memorable, especially when we win!

Leeds are in great form and I’m confident we will be victorious. After many years and many Challenge Cup finals and a lot of disappointment, we finally got our hands on the trophy last year and we won’t be giving it up without a fight.

I’m glad Hull KR have made the final; I know what it means to the fans and I know the atmosphere will be electric. We are favourites, but it won’t be as easy as some may think.

Hull KR have ‘nothing to lose’, but our old heads and big-game experience will see us through.

And how fitting would it be to see Sir Kev and Jamie Peacock lift the trophy one last time! All Leeds Aren’t We?

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