Tetley's Challenge Cup: Leeds Rhinos duo Kevin Sinfield and Jamie Jones-Buchanan eye semi-final win
Last Updated: 06/08/14 10:30am
Leeds Rhinos stalwarts Kevin Sinfield and Jamie Jones-Buchanan insist they are not burdened by expectation as they try and end the club’s 14-year Challenge Cup drought.
The Rhinos host Warrington Wolves in a semi-final clash this weekend, with a place at the Wembley showpiece on August 23 at stake for both sides.
And veteran second rower Jones-Buchanan admitted a Challenge Cup winner's medal will complete his collection, which includes six Super League titles in the past decade.
“It would be incomplete but I've got a funny way of looking at things,” he said.
If you had a big jigsaw framed on the wall and had one piece missing, that's the most interesting part of it. There would always be a story as to where this piece went.
“If you had a big jigsaw framed on the wall and had one piece missing, that's the most interesting part of it. There would always be a story as to where this piece went.
"I'm chuffed to bits that I've been fortunate to be part of this group for the last 12 years and whether that jigsaw piece gets filled in or not, it's going to be a great picture at the end of it."
A philosophical Sinfield is desperate to win the trophy but insists he will have no regrets if Leeds fall short.
"If my career ends today, I'd feel so fortunate that I've played here for so long in a great team and played under some fantastic coaches," the Leeds skipper said.
"We've had some highs along the way, but we've certainly had some lows. I think the journey Jonesy talks about defines you a little bit and you are a product of some of the things that have gone.
"Don't get me wrong, I'd love to win it. We've had a fair few shots at it and got a few silver medals, so we'll be doing everything we can on Saturday."