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Hull FC v Leeds: Challenge Cup quarter-final preview

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Barrie McDermott and Terry O'Connor believe Hull FC must take their chances if they are to beat Leeds in the Challenge Cup

Defending champions Leeds are hoping for back-to-back wins over Hull FC in Friday’s Challenge Cup quarter-final.

The Rhinos recorded a 32-20 win over Hull FC at Headingley on Sunday, and just five days later make the trip to the KC Stadium..

Despite suffering an injury in Sunday’s win, Danny McGuire has been named in Leeds’ 19 man squad for the encounter, though he will continue to be monitored. His inclusion is important to Leeds’ cause, according to team-mate Jimmy Keinhorst.

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"Danny's had a great season so far," Keinhorst said. "He's a real leader who helps us around the field massively. Hopefully he'll be alright for Friday."

Leeds are not getting ahead of themselves after coming away from the win at Headingley, said Keinhorst.

"I don't think Sunday will have too much of a bearing on what's going to happen on Friday. It was a close one on Sunday and hopefully we can improve on that."

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Rob Burrow insists there's no extra pressure on holders Leeds when they travel to Hull FC

Should McGuire take part in the quarter-final clash it will mean an unchanged side from the Rhinos, while Hull FC have made two changes to their squad for the encounter.

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Tom Lineham and Kirk Yeaman come into the side at the expense of Curtis Naughton and Marc Sneyd, with the latter serving a two-match ban for the incident in which McGuire was injured.

Hull coach Lee Radford says his side is expecting McGuire to play.

"We'll be training as if Danny will be featuring on Friday," said Radford, who will give Australian second-rower Mark Minichiello a late fitness test on the calf he injured against Leeds.

Coincidentally these two sides have met in back-to-back encounters three times in the past six years, with Leeds doing the double over their opponents in 2010 and 2011.

Hull FC: Abdull, Bowden, Ellis, Houghton, Lineham, Michaels, Minichiello, Paea, Paleaaesina, Pryce, Rankin, Sa, Shaul, Talanoa, Thompson, Watts, Westerman, Whiting, Yeaman.

Leeds Rhinos: Ablett, Aiton, Burrow, Cuthbertson, Delaney, Hall, Handley, Hardaker, Keinhorst, Leuluai, McGuire, Moon, Peacock, Sinfield, Singleton, Sutcliffe, Ward, Walters, Watkins.

Watch Hull v Leeds live on Sky Sports 3 on Friday from 7.55pm

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