Challenge Cup: Cup magician Chester has more surprises up his sleeve

Hull KR coach Chris Chester.
Hull KR coach Chris Chester.
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COACH CHRIS Chester is confident Hull KR can produce a Ladbrokes Challenge Cup final shock against Leeds Rhinos at the end of the month.

Holders Leeds will be appearing in their fifth final in six seasons at Wembley on August 29.

Rovers, whose previous final was in 1986, finished 10th in First Utility Super League, 15 points behind Leeds and have lost twice to Rhinos already this year, but after beating big guns Wigan Warriors and Warrington Wolves – who they stunned 26-18 in Saturday’s semi-final at Headingley – Chester says they have nothing to fear.

“They are the best team in the competition, but we’ve proved this year that in one-off games we can surprise anybody,” Chester said.

Warrington went 6-0 ahead through Ryan Atkins’ try and the first of three Gareth O’Brien conversions before Hull KR had been in possession, but tries by Josh Mantellato and Ken Sio and two Mantellato goals made it 12-6 at the break.

Kevin Larroyer added a try and Mantellato converted and kicked a penalty, but Warrington hit back through Richie Myler and Ben Currie, before Shaun Lunt’s late converted try sent Rovers to Wembley.

Chester added: “I am really proud of the boys’ efforts, especially towards the back end of the second half, when our backs were against the wall. We found a way to win. People have written us off all year, but there’s still a lot of confidence and belief in this group. We want to go a step further now.”