Sinfield left 'embarrassed'

Defeat a bitter pill to swallow for England international

Last Updated: 29/08/10 3:49pm

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Sinfield: gutted by cup defeat

Sinfield: gutted by cup defeat

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Leeds captain Kevin Sinfield was left feeling "embarrassed" by his side's heavy defeat in the Carnegie Challenge Cup final.

The Rhinos' first trip to Wembley since 1999 turned into a nightmare as they were beaten 30-6 by a rampant Warrington on Saturday.

Chris Hicks scored a hat-trick while Ryan Atkins grabbed a brace of tries as the Wolves registered their first victory over the reigning Super League champions in five attempts.

While admitting Tony Smith's side had been outstanding, Sinfield pulled no punches when asked to describe his own team's performance.


"I'm gutted, disappointed, embarrassed," said the England international. "We weren't quite at the races and Warrington were outstanding."

Leeds have now lost in four Challenge Cup finals in a decade, with the latest defeat being the heaviest reverse in the fixture since they smashed London Broncos 52-16 at the same venue 11 years ago.

Having been desperate to lift the trophy in 2010, Sinfield is not sure how long it will take to recover from such a painful experience.

"It's too early to say," he said. "We need a couple of days to digest and reflect before we look to move forward.

"We've put a lot into this competition and to come away like we do is hard."

Team-mate Danny McGuire felt Leeds had been below par in all areas of the game.They looked set to be shut out before Lee Smith grabbed a late consolation score that Sinfield converted from out wide on the right.

Big games

"When the big games come around, we are normally able to build pressure on our opponents but today it was the other way around," he said.

"We didn't play with any sort of patience. We were a bit panicky at times and it cost us.

"Throughout the game, they probably played the ball a lot quicker than us, got a better roll on and their kicking game was better than ours.

"Those are the facets of the game you need to be good in and we were pretty much second best in pretty much everything.

"It's hard to take because when you've worked so hard to get here, but at the end of the day we've achieved a lot as a team and there is still something to play for.

"We've won three (titles) on the bounce and we're going to have a big shot now at going for number four."

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