Sinfield - Pressure on Wigan

Rhinos skipper happy to be the underdogs heading into semi-final

By James Pearson - follow on Twitter @SkySportsPeo.   Last Updated: 11/07/12 10:46am

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Kevin Sinfield: hoping to book another trip to Wembley by upsetting the odds this weekend

Kevin Sinfield: hoping to book another trip to Wembley by upsetting the odds this weekend

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Leeds Rhinos captain Kevin Sinfield believes all the pressure will be on Wigan in Saturday's Carnegie Challenge Cup semi-final.

Shaun Wane's men are the holders ahead of their clash with the Rhinos at the Galpharm Stadium following last season's win over the same opponents at Wembley.

"I think everyone is writing us off again. Nobody fancies us so it's great. There's no pressure on us. We can go there and play like we know we can."
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Wigan have enjoyed succes in recent meetings between the teams too, including a resounding 50-8 thrashing of the reigning Super League champions at Headingley Carnegie last month.

Sinfield admits Brian McDermott's side were on the wrong end of a hiding that day, although he sees no reason why they cannot cause an upset this weekend.

"They did give us a pasting. They're a very good side. They're the best side in the competition at the minute. They're in number one with some fantastic players, so it's just a case of them turning up," he joked to Sky Sports.

"I think everyone is writing us off again. Nobody fancies us so it's great. There's no pressure on us. We can go there and play like we know we can.

"We've got experience of games like this before. The games don't come much bigger than this. Hopefully we can get the result that we want."

Revenge

Wigan secured a 28-18 victory over the Rhinos at Wembley last August, but Sinfield insists revenge won't be on their minds this time around.

The club's all-time leading points scorer knows Leeds' record in Challenge Cup finals has been poor since their 1999 victory over the London Broncos, but he is backing his team-mates to impress on the day.

"I'm not too bothered about revenge. I think it's important at this stage that you want to win for the right reasons," he continued. "We want to win because we want to lift that cup and we want to get back to Wembley.

"We've not been great in Challenge Cup finals, but we've won five Grand Finals and a couple of World Club challenges as well.

"I probably feel we've not turned up and played as well on the day in Challenge Cup finals. Hopefully we'll get the chance to address that this year.

"At the minute it's not something we're thinking about. It's important to keep our focus on Wigan."

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