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Hull KR v Leeds Rhinos, Saturday 29th August, kick off 3.15pm – Wembley Stadium

21st August 2015

By Leeds Rhinos

Hull Kingston Rovers and Leeds Rhinos meet for the first time in a Challenge Cup Final on Saturday in the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup Final at Wembley.

Leeds Rhinos have now sold nearly 10,000 tickets for the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup Final but don't worry if you have not got yours yet, we still have some available in the upper tier from just £30.

We have a limited number of £50 and £40. The biggest allocation of tickets left to sell are our £30 tickets if you are looking to buy for a group of you. 

The club have already filled 37 coaches to travel direct from Headingley Carnegie to Wembley on the morning of the game but there is still plenty of space available on the trip, priced £40 and you can book with the club whether you have bought your tickets from us or elsewhere. 

To purchase your match ticket call in at the club shop from 9am until 5pm on Saturday and 9am until 6pm during the week or call our ticket hotline on 0871 423 1315 (calls cost 10p per minute and may vary from mobiles) from Monday morning. You can also book tickets direct from the RFL at www.rugbyleaguetickets.co.uk

You can book travel in person or over the phone or to just book travel you can also go online at www.therhinos.co.uk/buytickets and click on the Away travel tab.

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The game will be only the third final meeting between the clubs in all competitions – with Leeds previously winning two Yorkshire Cups against Hull KR (1975-76, 1980-81).

Saturday's game will be the first time there has been back-to-back Yorkshire finals in Wembley history. The only other instances of successive all-White Rose affairs was in 1908/1909/1910 and 1941/1942/1943 – but none of those deciders were contested at Wembley. (During the Wembley era, there have been three instances of consecutive all-Lancashire finals: 1950/1951, 1974/1975 and 1989/1990/1991).

Hull KR are appearing in their seventh Challenge Cup Final, having previously won just once at the showpiece event – 10-5 against Hull FC in 1980. The Robins' last Wembley appearance was in a 15-14 defeat to Castleford in 1986. Hull KR defeated Leeds in the semi-finals of that year's competition – 17-0 in a replay following an initial 24-24 draw.

Leeds are appearing in their 25th Challenge Cup Final (twelve wins) – only Wigan (30) have more Final appearances than the Rhinos, whilst the Warriors (19) are the only club with more wins at the showpiece event. (St Helens share the Rhinos' record of twelve victories).

A defeat for the Rhinos would set a new record of 13 Challenge Cup Final reverses – Leeds share the unwanted total of twelve with Hull FC.

The Rhinos have the overwhelming advantage when it comes to Challenge Cup Final experience – with a combined total of 49 appearances in the showpiece event amongst their active squad. By contrast, Hull KR have a combined total of just five appearances in their ranks.

The Robins also have 25 players yet to appear in a Challenge Cup Final, compared to ten Rhinos players awaiting their debut at the event.

KEVIN SINFIELD is on the verge of setting a new Challenge Cup record for most captaincies in a Final on Saturday. His seventh skippering of the Rhinos would take him clear of Eric Ashton's total of six for Wigan (1958, 1959, 1961, 1963, 1965, 1966). Ashton will retain the Wembley record however – as the first two of Sinfield's appearances as captain were in Cardiff.

Sinfield is an ever present for Leeds in Challenge Cup ties since 2005's 25-24 Final defeat to Hull FC at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium. He has appeared in 37 consecutive games in the competition since then. The last Challenge Cup match he missed was the 2005 semi-final win against Toulouse at Huddersfield, when a dislocated thumb ruled him out.

The last Challenge Cup game Sinfield missed through non-selection was the 2000 Final defeat against Bradford at Murrayfield, when he was left out by coach Dean Lance – despite playing in every round in the run to the decider.

In total, Sinfield has played in 56 of 58 Challenge Cup games for Leeds since the turn of the century.

BRETT DELANEY has the opportunity to extend his own record of most appearances in a Challenge Cup Final by an Australian player on Saturday.

He set the record by starting at second row in the Rhinos' 23-10 win against Castleford last season – and previously featured in defeats in 2012 (Warrington), 2011 (Wigan) and 2010 (Warrington).

RYAN HALL has played in 29 consecutive Challenge Cup ties for Leeds. Hall last missed a Rhinos game in the competition in 2008 – a Round Four win against Celtic Crusaders at Headingley.

ZAK HARDAKER has played in 15 consecutive Challenge Cup ties for Leeds. Hardaker is ever present in the competition for the Rhinos since the start of the 2012 season.

JOEL MOON has played in every Challenge Cup round whilst in the British game.

His run of consecutive appearances in the competition includes two games for Salford in 2012 and then ten for the Rhinos since 2013.

Leeds coach BRIAN McDERMOTT is taking charge of his fourth Challenge Cup Final, having previously coached the Rhinos at Wembley in their 2014 victory against Castleford, 2012 defeat to Warrington and 2011 loss against Wigan.

McDermott also played for Bradford Bulls in four Challenge Cup Finals, on the winning side in 2000 (against Leeds at Murrayfield) and tasting defeat in 1996, 1997 (both against St Helens at Wembley) and 2001 (against St Helens at Twickenham).

Only three Hull Kingston Rovers players have previous Challenge Cup Final experience – all for other clubs. GRAEME HORNE played in Hull FC's 2008 defeat to St Helens, while TYRONE McCARTHY and SHAUN LUNT have played against each other twice before in Finals.

McCarthy was on the winning side for Warrington on both occasions – against Lunt's Huddersfield in 2009, and Leeds in 2012.

If Lunt features at Wembley on Saturday, it will be the second time he will play in a Challenge Cup Final as a loan player – having being a substitute for the Rhinos whilst on loan from the Giants in 2012.

Hull KR coach CHRIS CHESTER takes charge of his first Challenge Cup Final on Saturday – but did play as a substitute in Hull FC's 25-24 victory against Leeds at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium in 2005.

Hull Kingston Rovers – Previous Challenge Cup Finals:
1986 Lost (v Castleford, 15-14) (at Wembley Stadium)
1981 Lost (v Widnes, 18-9) (at Wembley Stadium)
1980 Won (v Hull, 10-5) (at Wembley Stadium)
1964 Lost (v Widnes, 13-5) (at Wembley Stadium)
1925 Lost (v Oldham, 16-3) (at Headingley, Leeds)
1905 Lost (v Warrington, 6-0) (at Headingley, Leeds)

Leeds Rhinos – Previous Challenge Cup finals:
2014 Won (v Castleford, 23-10) (at Wembley Stadium)
2012 Lost (v Warrington, 35-18) (at Wembley Stadium)
2011 Lost (v Wigan, 28-18) (at Wembley Stadium)
2010 Lost (v Warrington, 30-6) (at Wembley Stadium)
2005 Lost (v Hull, 25-24) (at Millennium Stadium, Cardiff)
2003 Lost (v Bradford, 22-20) (at Millennium Stadium, Cardiff)
2000 Lost (v Bradford, 24-18) (at Murrayfield, Edinburgh)
1999 Won (v London Broncos, 52-16) (at Wembley Stadium)
1995 Lost (v Wigan, 30-10) (at Wembley Stadium)
1994 Lost (v Wigan, 26-16) (at Wembley Stadium)
1978 Won (v St Helens, 14-12) (at Wembley Stadium)
1977 Won (v Widnes, 16-7) (at Wembley Stadium)
1972 Lost (v St Helens, 16-13) (at Wembley Stadium)
1971 Lost (v Leigh, 24-7) (at Wembley Stadium)
1968 Won (v Wakefield, 11-10) (at Wembley Stadium)
1957 Won (v Barrow, 9-7) (at Wembley Stadium)
1947 Lost (v Bradford, 8-4) (at Wembley Stadium)
1943 Lost (v Dewsbury, 16-15 – aggregate score after two legs)
1942 Won (v Halifax, 15-10) (at Odsal Stadium, Bradford)
1941 Won (v Halifax, 19-2) (at Odsal Stadium, Bradford)
1936 Won (v Warrington, 18-2) (at Wembley Stadium)
1932 Won (v Swinton, 11-8) (at Central Park, Wigan)
1923 Won (v Hull, 28-3) (at Belle Vue, Wakefield)
1910 Won (v Hull, 26-12 – replay after 7-7 draw) (both at Fartown, Huddersfield)

Previous Challenge Cup meetings:
2002 (Round 5) Leeds 44 Hull KR 4
1986 (Semi-Final) Hull KR 24 Leeds 24 (at Elland Road, Leeds)
1986 (Semi-Final, Replay) Hull KR 17 Leeds 0 (at Elland Road, Leeds)
1970 (Quarter Final) Hull KR 7 Leeds 2
1960 (Round 1) Leeds 8 Hull KR 5
1952 (Round 1, First Leg) Leeds 44 Hull KR 14
1952 (Round 1, Second Leg) Hull KR 3 Leeds 5
1925 (Semi-Final) Hull KR 7 Leeds 6 (at Belle Vue, Wakefield)
1910 (Round 1) Hull KR 3 Leeds 5
1905 (Round 2) Hull KR 3 Leeds 0
1904 (Round 1) Hull KR 2 Leeds 3

Previous final meetings:
1980-81 (Yorkshire Cup Final) Hull KR 7 Leeds 8 (at Fartown, Huddersfield)
1975-76 (Yorkshire Cup Final) Leeds 15 Hull KR 11 (at Headingley)

Last 10 meetings:
Leeds 36 Hull KR 16 (SLR15, 22/5/15)
Hull KR 30 Leeds 40 (SLR1, 8/2/15)
Leeds 30 Hull KR 6 (SLR20, 11/7/14)
Hull KR 6 Leeds 34 (SLR1, 16/2/14)
Leeds 12 Hull KR 16 (SLR25, 16/8/13)
Hull KR 10 Leeds 44 (SLR13, 28/4/13)
Hull KR 24 Leeds 25 (SLR23, 5/8/12)
Leeds 34 Hull KR 16 (SLR1, 3/2/12)
Leeds 44 Hull KR 14 (SLR17, 12/6/11)
Hull KR 38 Leeds 28 (SLR8, 9/4/11)

Leeds' Kevin Sinfield has scored points in the Rhinos' last eleven meetings with Hull KR. His run of consecutive scoring appearances against the Robins began with one goal in a 25-6 away defeat on 9 July, 2010.

Leeds have used 24 players in this season's Challenge Cup campaign – with Carl Ablett, Paul Aiton, Rob Burrow, Brett Delaney, Ryan Hall, Zak Hardaker, Joel Moon, Jamie Peacock, Kevin Sinfield and Kallum Watkins playing in every round.

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Hull KR 0 Leeds Rhinos 50

29th August 2015

By Leeds Rhinos

Tom Briscoe re-wrote the record books as the Rhinos secured the biggest ever winning margin in a Challenge Cup Final with the winger scoring five of Leeds’ nine tries.

The Rhinos were hoping to make the most of their experience from a year earlier and they immediately seemed to settle into their stride against Hull KR. The holders enjoyed the majority of territory but a well marshalled Rovers defence kept them at bay.
 
However, the Rhinos finally made the break through after seven minutes when Jamie Peacock had the ball stripped from him on the Rovers line and Brett Delaney was quickest to the spot to touch down the loose ball. The decision went  to the video referees and the score was awarded. Kevin Sinfield added the conversion from between the posts to give his side an early 6-0 lead.
 
Hull KR came back into the game after that and were happy to try and build pressure on the Rhinos in their own half. However, Brian McDermott’s men came up with a ruthless passage of play to take the game beyond Hull KR.
 
They crossed for a second try when Joel Moon popped up on the opposite side of the field to create the extra man to find space for Danny McGuire to score. Sinfield added the conversion and then straight from the re-start Ryan Hall broke clear before passing to Carl Ablett. Ablett was hauled down but Leeds were on the front foot and quick ball along the backline put Tom Briscoe in for the try. Sinfield was unable to convert and it remained 16-0 until half time.
 
With such a strong lead the next score always looked like being crucial and so it proved. Rovers were creating more and more pressure on the Leeds line with Kelly leading the charge but when Briscoe plucked his crossfield kick out of the air and raced 90 metres to score, the game was Leeds’ to lose.
 
Hull KR continued to throw everything at the Rhinos but with a big lead, the Rhinos could pick off the chances and when Brad Singleton marked his first Wembley appearance with a try after crashing over.
 
Briscoe then followed in the foosteps of Robbie Paul and Chris Hicks in crossing for his hat trick try following good work by Jamie Peacock and Kallum Watkins in midfield.
 
Rob Burrow then joined in on the scoring as he raced in from 25 metres out before Briscoe equalled Leroy Rivett’s four tries from 1999 as he finished off in the corner.
 
Briscoe then sealed the Lance Todd Trophy as he became the first man in Challenge Cup history to score five tries in the final when he crossed in the final minutes. Sinfield kicked his seventh goal of the game to complete a 50-0 victory.  
 

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