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Lunt: Hopefully I can give that trophy a big kiss

Lunt: Hopefully I can give that trophy a big kiss

Friday 28 Aug 2015 6:03pm

Shaun Lunt is confident his teammates’ inexperience of playing in a Challenge Cup Final can work in their favour when he looks to overcome his own Wembley heartache against Leeds Rhinos tomorrow.

The hooker has twice been on the losing side on the biggest occasion in rugby league, losing out to Warrington Wolves both times whilst plying his trade for parent club Huddersfield Giants and during a loan spell with this weekend’s opponents.

Determined to finally get his hands on the oldest trophy in the sport, Lunt is looking to use his own experiences to his advantage at Wembley but says he has no concerns for those in the squad who haven’t played in a final.

“The lads will be fine. They’ve haven’t been speaking to me about what it feels like to lose it, they’ve been asking Tyrone McCarthy about what it’s like to win it!” he told www.hullkr.co.uk

“I lost to Tyrone both times I’ve played in a cup final so fingers crossed this weekend I’m picking up that trophy and giving it a big kiss!

“I’ve got the benefit of playing in two cup finals but at the same time I know how bad it is to lose. Some of the boys who haven’t played in them are going in without that knowledge and that could be a good thing.

“They’re going in there with nothing to lose, they’re like a little kid just enjoying playing rugby and that could help them.”

Lunt has plenty of history of success whilst on loan having featured in both the Challenge Cup Final and the Grand Final in 2012 whilst loaned from Huddersfield to Leeds Rhinos.

Knowing this weekend’s opponents inside out, Lunt is expecting a tough battle against the Rhinos but has every confidence in his Robins teammates.

“They (Leeds) always play well in a big game and especially with how they’ve been playing recently, they’ve been smacking everybody. They’ve been absolutely fantastic,” he added.

“But at the same time, we’ve been brilliant as well. It’s not about them, it’s about how we play and we’ve proved that this year in beating Wigan, beating Warrington and beating Catalans. Even going to Bradford, that’s no easy game and we’ve had a tough run in.

“We’re confident but we’re not over confident, we’re very grounded in what we’ve been doing. We’ve already given them two good games this year, albeit we’ve been on the wrong end of the scoreline, but at the same time anything can happen in finals. It’s about whoever turns up and plays their best footy.

“We’ll respect Leeds and we know they’ll be motivated to win it for Jamie Peacock and Kevin Sinfield. I’m very good friends with them and I know what this means to them, but it means the world to me as well and to those boys in the changing room, to the fans and to the club.

“It’s a fantastic club and the fans are awesome. They’re absolutely barmy and my family has actually changed their Club Wembley tickets to sit in with our fans instead because they love them that much!”

Source: hullkr.co.uk
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