Super League: Jamie Jones-Buchanan targets hat trick of titles with Leeds Rhinos
Last Updated: 14/09/13 2:38pm
Eddie Hemmings, Shaun McRae and John Kear look ahead to the Play-offs this weekend, only on Sky Sports.
Jamie Jones-Buchanan doesn't believe anyone would be surprised if Leeds Rhinos claimed a hat trick of Super League titles.
The Rhinos have won the championship from fifth place in each of the last two seasons but have given themselves a potentially easier route to Old Trafford after claiming third spot following a run of six straight victories.
A win over Warrington at Halliwell Jones Stadium will put Leeds within 80 minutes of the Grand Final and give them the chance to select their semi-final opponents, and Jones-Buchanan believes the Rhinos are hitting form at just the right time.
"People keep saying 'can you do it again' and that's half the enjoyment, half the fun," he said.
"Of course we can get there again. I don't think anybody would be overly surprised if we did.
"Statistically it would be an unusual thing to do to go on and get to another Grand Final, and certainly to win one again, but that's what sport's all about, it's what destinies and journeys are made of."
The losers of Saturday's game will get a second chance to reach the last four but Jones-Buchanan is hoping they can book their spot at the first attempt and earn a week off.
"Momentum is a big thing in big games and this mentality of having to get over a defeat is not a great thing to have to do," he said.
"When you are in the play-offs, they are short weeks. They turn around pretty quick and the games don't get any easier so we want to go out there and put our best foot forward and have that battle-ready mentality by doing a good job the first time around."
You can watch Warrington Wolves v Leeds Rhinos live on Sky Sports 3 from 3pm on Saturday.