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Challenge Cup: Rhinos overcome Tigers to end cup hoodoo

England's blockbusting winger Ryan Hall grabbed two sensational tries as Leeds finally ended their Challenge Cup final jinx.

Leeds Rhinos' Danny McGuire scores his sides second try of the game Credit: Press Association

The Rhinos, who have acquired a happy knack of winning Super League's Grand Final at Old Trafford, shed their losing habit at Wembley with a 23-10 victory over Castleford in an all-Yorkshire final in front of a 77,914 crowd.

After going through the agony of six consecutive final defeats going back to 1999, Leeds at last got it right on the day, with Hall claiming the top individual award with the Lance Todd Trophy as man of the match.

Leeds Rhinos' Ryan Hall (centre) scores his sides third try of the game during the Tetley's Challenge Cup Final Credit: Press Association

The 15 stone Hall twice demonstrated his awesome strength and power to provide the highlight, narrowly getting the nod ahead of scrum-half Danny McGuire, with hooker Rob Burrow, skipper Kevin Sinfield and full-back Zak Hardaker also earning votes in a poll dominated by the Rhinos' ageless England internationals.

Kevin Sinfield lifts the Tetley's Challenge Cup Credit: Press Association

Hall became the first player in that position to win the Lance Todd Trophy since Leroy Rivett scored four tries in the Rhinos' win over London Broncos in 1999.

The result leaves Castleford still looking for their first Cup final triumph since 1986 but it should not diminish their efforts in this, their most successful Super League season to date.

Leeds celebrate winning the Tetley's Challenge Cup

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