Leeds Rhinos: Briscoe well aware of threat from Robins’ dangermen

Tom Briscoe
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WINGER TOM Briscoe reckons he and Ryan Hall will be up against two dangermen when Leeds Rhinos face Hull KR in the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup final on August 29.

Rovers stunned Warrington Wolves 26-18 in the second semi-final at Headingley on Saturday, with Josh Mantellato scoring a try and five goals and being named man of the match, while Ken Sio also crossed.

“They have gone well and been good signings for Rovers,” Briscoe said of Hull KR’s wide men. “They seem to be getting them out of trouble a lot and making some good metres. I think that’s part of a winger’s job nowadays and they are doing it really well.”

As a former Hull player, Briscoe is relishing a Wembley showdown with the Robins. He added: “It’ll be an interesting one for me. At Wembley it’s going to be a tough game whatever. Hull KR are a good side and have put everything in there to get to the final.”

Rhinos’ 24-14 victory over St Helens on Friday night was only Briscoe’s second game following four months out of action due to shoulder surgery.

“It was fast out there,” he said. “It was hard work that first 20 minutes. There wasn’t many breaks in play and both teams were really up for it.

“I suppose that’s what Challenge Cup semi-finals bring out and it was a pleasure to be a part of that. We paid for it on Saturday, I was feeling it on Saturday morning, but the whole game was tough. Saints came back at us, but I thought we managed that situation pretty well and went on to score some good tries ourselves.”

Saints struggled to cope with Rhinos’ offloads and Briscoe said that has been one of their main weapons this year.

“It’s always been encouraged,” he said. “I think the Leeds team is known to play some good football and have a lot of off-loads and make breaks from deep within our own half. This season it seems to have progressed and we seem to be getting a lot of success from it.”