MCGUIRE BACKS THE TEAM

Danny McGuire insists tonight’s Tetley’s Super League Grand Final is more about Leeds against Bradford and not a shoot-out between himself and Iestyn Harris.

Danny McGuire insists tonight’s Tetley’s Super League Grand Final is more about Leeds against Bradford and not a shoot-out between himself and Iestyn Harris for the Great Britain number six shirt. McGuire and Harris are the front-runners for the stand-off berth as the Lions ready themselves to face Australia and New Zealand in the end of season Gillette Tri-Nations Tournament. However the Leeds starlet says he will only start looking ahead to that challenge after this weekend’s Old Trafford showpiece, which sees him going head-to-head with former Leeds skipper Harris and his new Bulls team-mates. McGuire said: "I’m not looking at individual match-ups, I’m just concentrating on my own game, although the media and other people are probably going to look at that. "But I don’t think it’s going to be about whether Iestyn plays better than me on the day, it’s how the team perform. "Some players might have an off day, but other players might play well and do well for the team. "Rugby league is a team game and it’s about 17 players playing well together and that’s what we’re aiming to do at the weekend." When asked whether he thought it was a straight two-way choice between himself and Harris for the GB spot, McGuire continued: "It could well be, although there are another couple of players who have put themselves in the frame as well, like Danny Orr at Wigan. "But I’m not worrying about Great Britain at the moment. I’m just concentrating on enjoying this week and working hard this week – when this game’s over, then the Great Britain stuff starts coming into your mind." As a big fan of Leeds United, McGuire admits there is an extra incentive for the Rhinos to do well at the home of Manchester United, his favourite team’s arch-rivals. He said: "Being at Old Trafford definitely means there is added spice. There haven’t been many victories here for Leeds teams over the years, not since I can remember anyway, so it would be nice to get a victory for Leeds." "It doesn’t come much bigger, it doesn’t come much better, for me than this. It’s a bit of a dream really for me – growing up in Leeds and playing rugby league as a young lad and supporting Leeds, to be 80 minutes away from winning a Grand Final is a dream. I’m just going to savour it and enjoy the moment." McGuire says the Rhinos are not looking at the big game as their opportunity to avenge the 26-12 defeat they suffered at the hands of Bradford a fortnight ago, a win which booked the Bulls’ spot at Old Trafford. He said: "It’s not a revenge mission because we’ve beaten them a couple of times this year already. It is just another game, but it does happen to be a Grand Final. "Last week against Wigan we got back on track – we were disappointed with our performance the week before against Bradford." He added: "All the individual honours you pick up through your career, you’d certainly give up for a Grand Final winners’ ring. "I’m no different – and all the other players will tell you that too – but the season boils down to one game now – and whatever we’ve achieved this season will count for nothing if we don’t do well on Saturday."