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Reaction to Challenge Cup final

McDermott at press conference

In a post match press conference, Leeds Rhinos head coach Brian McDermott said it was a superb defence that had won them the game.

Defensively we absolutely nailed everything Hull KR tried to do..... We faced a different challenge from Hull KR, they were the underdogs and I think it was outstanding in handling the pressure of being the favourites, I think we handled the pressure really, really well.

– Head coach Brian McDermott
Chris Chester Credit: PA

Hull KR coach Chris Chester said he was still proud of his players for reaching the Challenge Cup Final despite the one-sided defeat.

The Robins went down 50-0 against the reigning cup holders but Chester praised his players for this season’s cup run albeit admitting huge disappointment with the Wembley performance.

I told the boys to be proud of their effort. It took a lot of hard work to get us to this position and that performance was not a true reflection of Hull Kingston Rovers. Maybe some of the boys froze on the big stage, but I’m proud of the boys. It’s been a great journey that we’ve been on, and getting here has made us want to come back again. We will use this as motivation. We want to come back here again. We have to learn from it, even though it is tough to take. There is still a lot of belief and spirit in the camp, and we will be back.

– Hull KR coach Chris Chester

Heroes' welcome planned for Leeds Rhinos

The winners

Leeds Rhinos will celebrate their historic Challenge Cup win over Hull KR this evening, at a homecoming welcome.

The team is expected to arrive back from Wembley at about 5pm and will then travel to Headingley Carnegie Stadium via Otley Road on an open top bus.

Fans are being encouraged to line the streets to greet the team. The route will go past the Skyrack, Original Oak, The Box and then turn left at North Lane past The Taps, The Arc and Trio. The players will enter the stadium at Kirsktall Lane for the free event.

The stadium and club shop will be open from 3.30pm to show the game on the big screen. The event will finish around 7.15pm with free car parking available on site in car parks E and F on a first come first served basis.


Challenge Cup Final in pictures

Celebrating with the trophy Credit: PA
A jubilant Kevin Sinfield and Jamie Jones-Buchanan lift the trophy Credit: PA
Leeds Rhinos' Jamie Peacock Credit: PA
Lizzie Jones sings 'Abide With Me' Credit: PA
Lizzie Jones leaves the pitch with her twins Credit: PA
Hull Kingston Rovers' Liam Salter Credit: PA
Kevin Sinfield kicks a conversion Credit: PA
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