LEEDS RHINOS are focused on this Friday’s opponents Warrington Wolves rather than Cup final foes Hull KR, Rob Burrow insists.
Rhinos will defend the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup against Rovers at Wembley in 25 days’ time, but have three First Utility Super-8s games to deal with before then and Burrow said that competition is the priority now.
“You don’t get too excited, because you’re in to the Super-8s this week and every game counts,” he said of the Cup final countdown which began following last Friday’s 24-14 semi-final victory over St Helens.
“That means you can’t enjoy the Cup win too much. We obviously enjoyed it on Friday and over the weekend and we are looking forward to the final, but come (yesterday) we had to switch back on and concentrate on Warrington.”
Last year there was only one Super League game between the semi-final and Wembley, but Burrow stressed: “It certainly won’t be a problem. We have got a fantastic squad, so will cope whether we rotate and do it that way, or whatever. Everybody’s focused. I know it’s a cliche, but everyone really does take every game as it comes, because it is that important from now on in.”
This Friday’s clash could have been a Cup final rehearsal, but Warrington’s Wembley dreams were shattered by Hull KR in the second semi-final, three days ago.
Wolves now have only the Super League title to play for and Burrow is aware they will be desperate to put last weekend’s disappointment behind them.
They were the only team to complete a league double over Rhinos in the weekly rounds and the No 7 said: “We obviously want to try and beat them, because we haven’t done that this year.
“We have got an opportunity to do that this week. You need to beat the big teams and they have done a number on us so far this year.
“The Super-8s are a new competition, so what has happened before this year doesn’t count for anything. We had beaten Saints twice before last Friday, but that had no relevance during the game and it won’t against Warrington either.”
Rhinos will need a repeat of last week’s defensive effort to get their Super-8s campaign off to a winning start, Burrow reckons.
“You have got to be desperate in big games and come up with 8/10 or 9/10 performances,” he said.
“You have to be desperate to defend your line and we need to keep doing that. We have to play well because we need the points and we want to go into the final in good form. It’s exciting, but we have got to focus on the Super-8s for a number of weeks and then switch on to the Challenge Cup.”