Sinfield gives credit to forwards

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Kevin Sinfield was delighted after helping Leeds to the Challenge Cup final
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Kevin Sinfield was delighted after helping Leeds to the Challenge Cup final

Man of the match Kevin Sinfield deflected the credit to his forwards for Saturday's 39-28 Carnegie Challenge Cup semi-final victory over Wigan at Huddersfield.

Captain and stand-off Sinfield created four of his side's six first-half tries, two of them with pinpoint kicks for wingmen Ryan Hall and Ben Jones-Bishop, to help the Rhinos avenge last year's Wembley defeat by the Warriors.

"It feels great," Sinfield said. "Five or six weeks ago we had 50 points put on us by the best side in the comp so to turn it around is awesome for us. I've got to give all our pack a big wrap. I'm just doing my job for the team. Our big men set a huge platform for us. They had a much tougher job than me."

Sinfield admitted the Rhinos' set out to nullify the threat of danger man Sam Tomkins, whose early failure to deal with Sinfield's spiralling kick gifted Hall the opening try.

"Sam is the best player in the comp at the minute and we did a lot in our game plan to keep him quiet," Sinfield added.

"A kick is only as good as its chase and our chase was aggressive and had so much desire to get down there."

Wigan coach Shaun Wane was left to lament his side's worst performance of the season.

"The bad start didn't help but we made too many errors throughout the game," he said. "A few in the first half were uncharacteristic.

"I said before the game the team that completes best would win and that's what happened.

"It was our worst performance. We didn't turn up today. We've defended all year better than that."

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