Rhinos boss won’t take Leigh for granted

Leeds Rhinos head coach Brian McDermott.
Leeds Rhinos head coach Brian McDermott.

Leeds Rhinos coach Brian McDermott says he has “too much respect” for Leigh Centurions and the Challenge Cup itself to take a semi-final place for granted.

Rhinos were paired with the Kingstone Press Championship leaders Leigh in quarter-finals draw on Monday evening and the tie will be played on the weekend of June 7 and 8.

That will end a run of six successive Challenge Cup meetings with Super League opposition for Leeds and be only the second time in 18 ties they have faced a lower division team. The last time Leeds were drawn against a side from outside Super League was at the same stage in 2012 – when they won 60-12 at Leigh.

McDermott said: “We played at their place last time and we remember it was a contest for a fair while. We have too much respect for Leigh – and more importantly, for the Challenge Cup – to take the quarter-final lightly.”