McDermott using Wembley as motivation

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Leeds coach Brian McDermott will be using Wembley as a motivational tool in his side's attempt to hang onto their Super League crown.

The Rhinos have climbed from ninth to fifth in the table after winning their last four league matches to get their title defence back on track and McDermott is confident reaching the Challenge Cup final will not derail them.

"It will help us, it won't distract us," he said. "Because they (the finals) are so close together, it can either work for you or it can work against you and we will use Wembley."

He added: "We obviously need to be in good nick building up to the final so there's a focus straight away, about playing well.

"We cannot afford to take our eye of the ball when it comes to Super League."

Leeds will look to maintain their double bid when they take on arch rivals Bradford at Headingley on Friday night.

The Bulls are also on a roll despite the continuing uncertainty over the club's future and they can leapfrog the champions into fifth spot with a fourth consecutive victory, although their position could be undermined when the Rugby Football League impose a points deduction for going into administration.

The club could discover their punishment just hours before the game but the Bradford players are accustomed to performing in the face of adversity after three times preparing for what could have been their "last match".

Head coach Mick Potter, who continues to work without pay after being made redundant by the club's administrator, is expecting a difficult test but admits his side are in form.

"I think form counts in these derby games because form is confidence," he said. "I think both teams are feeling confident in their own ability.

"They will be favourites and it is a big task for us but it's not impossible. They play for 80 minutes and are a very fit team but we're an improving team and we'll do our best."

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