Hull v Leeds Rhinos: Fans can make the difference - Burrow

Rob Burrow in match action.
Rob Burrow in match action.
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Leeds Rhinos star Rob Burrow says that the Rhinos faithful fans could play a major part in the outcome of Sunday’s massive Carnegie Challenge Cup Quarter Final clash against Hull.

Burrow, who this week launched his testimonial year with the club in front of a sell out audience at Headingley Carnegie, says that the Rhinos fans can make a big difference to the side against a partisan home support over in East Yorkshire.

The scrum half commented, “We have got a good record over there in recent years and the thing that stands out is the amount of fans that we have taken over to the KC Stadium behind the posts. We had a massive game there at the end of last season after we had lost at Wembley and we needed to win to get into the top four. The team needed the supporters that day to lift us from the disappointment in the Final and they did exactly that and we manage to get a great victory.

“We are in a similar position this year, results have not gone the way we all would have wanted but we had a good win against them last week at Headingley Carnegie. It was great to personally meet up with so many fans at my launch and everyone is 100% behind the club for this Sunday’s game.

“Hull will be tough, they will want to bounce back from last week’s loss and they have got quality across their team. The KC Stadium is a great venue, the facilities are excellent, the pitch is perfect and the atmosphere is always electric, it is a fantastic stage for a great game on Sunday,” added Burrow.

Leeds Rhinos will welcome back Kylie Lueluai and Brent Webb for this Sunday’s massive Carnegie Challenge Cup Quarter Final against Hull FC at the KC Stadium.

Both players missed last Friday’s 20-0 victory over the same opponents at Headingley Carnegie through injury whilst Paul McShane and Lee Smith, who did not feature last week drop out of the 19 man squad for the trip to the KC Stadium.

Rhinos skipper Kevin Sinfield is on the brink of becoming the greatest goal kicker in the club’s history and overtaking the legendary Lewis Jones. Jones kicked 1,244 (including drop goals) between 1952 and 1964.

Sinfield’s total currently stands at 1,242 (including drop goals).

Sunday’s televised game will be the sixth (and third in the Quarter Finals) Challenge Cup meeting between the sides since 2000 - Hull’s only win in that period came in the 2005 Final at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium.

Sunday’s game is a repeat of last season’s Round Four clash which Leeds won 48-24. That fixture was the week after a 46-30 Rhinos victory at Headingley Carnegie, just as 2011’s Quarter Final comes the week after Leeds’s 20-0 home win over the Black & Whites last Friday.

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