Sinfield right up for the cup
McDermott makes case for defence ahead of clash with Castleford
Last Updated: 02/08/11 4:35pm
Sinfield: has lost three Challenge Cup finals during his time with Leeds
Leeds captain Kevin Sinfield is determined to reach yet another Challenge Cup final, even if the competition hasn't been too kind to him in the past.
The Rhinos take on Yorkshire rivals Castleford Tigers on Sunday in the second semi-final at the Keepmoat Stadium in Doncaster.
Sinfield was part of the Leeds squad that were well beaten by holders Warrington in the capital last year, while he was also on the losing side twice before in finals played at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.
"I think our big problem this year has been our inconsistency - at times we've been good, at times we've been very poor."
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However, the England international is still determined to get back again and claim some silverware in what has been a tough season for the club.
"I've played in three (finals) actually and lost all three," he told Sky Sports News HD.
"It's not been a great competition for me but I think people have tried to make a big deal about it.
"Given the play-off system as it is, it gives us a chance to fight for another trophy."
Normally battling it out to be crowned minor premiers at the Super League summit, the Rhinos currently find themselves down in sixth spot in the table.
Sinfield puts their position down to a lack of consistency, though they have won their last three outings, including knocking out Hull in the previous round.
"I think our big problem this year has been our inconsistency - at times we've been good, at times we've been very poor," he added. "Trying to string some games together where we've been consistently good is hard to come by."
Defensive issues have not helped Leeds this season - only the Tigers have conceded more points out of the teams currently occupying the play-off positions.
But coach Brian McDermott insists his troops have been working hard to improve that area of their game against Terry Matterson's side.
"They're going to be a dangerous outfit, so to be able to compete with them and get the job done we're going to have to be strong defensively," McDermott admitted.
"We all have goals and certain things we'd like to achieve in defence, and we've been doing a little bit of that just recently."