RHINOS WISH UNITED LUCK
Leeds Rhinos are wishing Leeds United the best of luck for this Sunday’s Championship Final at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.
Leeds Rhinos are wishing Leeds United the best of luck for this Sunday’s Championship Final at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. Three of the Rhinos players will be at the game in lifelong fans Richard Mathers, Danny McGuire and Lee Smith whilst Head Coach Tony Smith has taken time out of his preparations for Friday night’s Powergen Challenge Cup clash with Rochdale to wish the footballers well. Smith commented, "We share a lot of ideas with the guys down at Leeds United and they have always been very supportive of us. The whole team came to the Grand Final last year to support the Rhinos and it is great that we can show our support on such an important day for them and the City of Leeds. "Kevin Blackwell has done a tremendous job at Elland Road and deserves success for the efforts he and his coaching staff have put in. I was on the edge of my seat watching the Play off game at Preston and I will definitely be watching on Sunday," added Smith. England international Mathers, who this week was ruled out for the rest of the season with a knee injury, is hoping to end a disappointing week on a high on Sunday. He is travelling down to the Millennium Stadium with his team mates and is confident United will get the job done. He said: "One thing they can say is they’ve got a lot more depth, there’s loads of quality in the squad as opposed to last year and the year before. "Another big characteristic is their massive will to win. They’ve got drive and loads of character. Look at the experienced players like Paul Butler, Gary Kelly and Shaun Derry – they add real drive to the side. I’m confident we can beat Watford. Adie Boothroyd’s gone there, it’s his first job and he’s done really well, but I really fancy our chances against them. "It is a one-off game and the boys will be really buzzing after the Preston game. They can go there with no fear and enjoy the occasion. There’s a lot of experience in the side and they can definitely do a job on Watford." The two teams had a day go karting last autumn as the Rhinos prepared for Grand Final at Old Trafford before going to Trio in Headingley for a meal together to further strengthen the bonds between the sides.