Sinfield stoical in defeat

Leeds skipper puts brave face on latest Challenge Cup loss

Last Updated: 26/08/12 2:06pm

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Kevin Sinfield: Admits the latest Challenge Cup defeat hurts but the Rhinos will roll their sleeves up

Kevin Sinfield: Admits the latest Challenge Cup defeat hurts but the Rhinos will roll their sleeves up

Leeds captain Kevin Sinfield remained stoical in defeat after picking up a fifth losers' medal from the Carnegie Challenge Cup final.

The 32-year-old England international stand-off has led the Rhinos to five Grand Final victories in eight years but is still waiting to get his hands on the Challenge Cup after Saturday's 35-18 defeat by Warrington.

It was Leeds' sixth defeat since their last triumph in 1999 and their third in a row at Wembley after losing to the Wolves in 2010 and Wigan a year ago, but Sinfield put a brave face on their latest loss.

"We're still alive," he said. "I think there are far worse things that can happen, certainly in and around the world at the minute.

"Ultimately it's a game and it does hurt a great deal. Obviously we're disappointed but I thought the best team won."

Genuine hopes

"Ultimately it's a game and it does hurt a great deal. Obviously we're disappointed but I thought the best team won."
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The Rhinos had genuine hopes of ending their 13-year wait when Sinfield kicked the first of two penalties to edge his side 8-6 in front after 23 minutes, after earlier converting Ian Kirke's first try of the season.

They trailed only 12-10 at half-time and were desperately unfortunate to have a try from Brett Delaney disallowed by video referee Phil Bentham two minutes into the second half.

Warrington full-back Brett Hodgson had no complaints over the tackle from Kylie Leuluai that forced him to spill the ball but Bentham ruled out the score due to a knock-on.

It was the pivotal moment of the match, with the Wolves going on to dominate the last 30 minutes, but Sinfield was not looking for excuses.

Won't moan

"I'd like to see it again," he said. "Warrington seemed to get the ascendancy from it.

"But I'm not one to moan about refereeing decisions. I thought Warrington played that last 30 minutes really well.

"We struggled to get out of our own 40 and that shows how well they played. Sometimes you've just got to cop it on the chin."

Leeds have only five days to pick themselves up for the Super League visit of Salford but Sinfield was not yet ready to think about that in the immediate aftermath of his latest disappointment.

"I don't want to think about Friday, if I'm honest," he said. "We'll go back to work on Monday, roll our sleeves up and get ready to go.

"But, at this moment in time, being honest, rugby is the last thing I want to think about."

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