McDermott wants more from Cup kings Leeds

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McDermott wants more from Cup kings Leeds

Leeds coach Brian McDermott insisted his side are “not done yet” this season after they won back-to-back Challenge Cup finals with a record-breaking 50-0 rout of Hull Kingston Rovers at Wembley.

The current Super League table-toppers are on course for an unprecedented treble, with the League Leaders’ Shield and Grand Final still up for grabs.

Winning all three trophies in the one season for the first time in the club’s history would be an incredible feat and an appropriate way to bring the curtain down on the Leeds careers of three legends in Kevin Sinfield, Jamie Peacock and Kylie Leuluai.

Last term the Rhinos ended a 15-year wait for Challenge Cup glory, but their season then tailed off as they failed to make it to Old Trafford for the Grand Final.

And while McDermott was happy for his side to enjoy their latest Wembley success on Saturday, the coach was adamant that he wanted no repeat of last season’s slump come the climax of the current campaign.

“We are not done yet either, there are another couple of trophies that we would like to get our hands on,” he said.

“The League Leaders and the Grand Final are not going to be easy but that is something that we would like to do.

“It was a funny game today, Hull KR have clearly got some threats and they didn’t give up. They have done a fantastic job to get here. Their story is what the Challenge Cup is all about.”

The result surpassed Leeds’ 52-16 win over the London Broncos at Wembley in 1999 as the biggest margin of victory in a Challenge Cup final.

Saturday’s match also saw Tom Briscoe become the first player to score five tries in the 118-year history of the showpiece fixture.

The Lance Todd Trophy winner’s second try – a length of the field effort – was the moment the man-of-the-match effectively sealed victory for Leeds, who also scored tries through Brett Delaney, Danny McGuire, Brad Singleton and Rob Burrow.

Former Hull FC wing Briscoe, who had to come back from a shoulder injury that scuppered the first three months of his season, was overwhelmed by both the result and his personal try haul.

“These are the massive games that I came to Leeds to play in, getting a long-term injury at the start of the season was tough but you can come back for days like these and what an incredible day this is,” Briscoe said.

Hull KR, whose lone Challenge Cup triumph came in 1980 and who hadn’t appeared in the final for 29 years, claimed impressive victories against Wigan and Warrington en route to Wembley.

But they were no match for an in-form Leeds side – much to the disappointment of coach Chris Chester.

“We didn’t really give a true indication of how we have been playing this year,” he said.

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