Rhinos boss won’t take Leigh for granted

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