Leeds Rhinos ace Adam Cuthbertson will be hoping for support from the Warrington Wolves fan base as he attempts to lift the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup this weekend.
Although the 30-year-old was born in Australia and played there for his entire career before joining up with the Rhinos this season, Cuthbertson’s family, including his father, are Warrington born and bred and die-hard Wolves fans.
However, while his family Down Under will be up just in time to see him run out at Wembley, the former Newcastle Knights man is hoping to make temporary Rhinos fans of his Cheshire-based relatives.
“They are pretty bummed not to have made the final but they are jumping on the Leeds bandwagon now and wearing Rhinos jerseys so they’ll be backing me – if only for the week,” he told Ladbrokes News.
The final at Wembley will mark a highlight in Cuthbertson’s fledgling career in England but at the opposite end of the career ladder the game will mark a last chance at Challenge Cup success for the likes of Kevin Sinfield. Jamie Peacock and Kylie Leuluai.
The Aussie second-rower claims he will maintain a selfish streak on Saturday but acknowledges that it would be special to send the trio off with another trophy.
“They are all champion blokes on and off the field and I can sincerely call them my friends,” he added.
“Despite not being here long I’ve made some great friends but you have to want to do it for yourself firstly and foremost. If we can get the win though it would be great to see those guys add some silverware and get them onto a winning run for the rest of the season”
Leeds come into this game on the back of a solid run of form, winning their last six games in all competitions, and as such are heavy favourites to lift the crown.
Despite this, and a double over Hull KR in Super League this term, the Aussie is taking nothing for granted.
“The Challenge Cup is different and it’ll be tough against Hull who have knocked off some big teams in getting to the final,” he explained.
“You can’t read into those previous meetings. It’s a mutual ground and it’s always been a real arm wrestle against KR. They spread the ball really well and we’re are expecting a tough game.”
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