Fatigue factor is the key, says Sinfield


Last updated at 22:40 28 March 2008

Leeds Rhinos captain Kevin Sinfield believes stamina holds the key to Friday's engage Super League Grand Final rematch at St Helens.

'We're both playing our third game in a week and whoever deals with the fatigue factor will come out on top,' said the man who has lifted the World Club trophy since that memorable night at Old Trafford in October.

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Kevin Sinfield

Apart from a hiccup at Castleford, the week after their triumph over Melbourne, the Rhinos have racked up 122 points and conceded one try.

'Time flies when you're having fun and if we could get over the bumps and bruises we'd happily play every day at the moment,' said Sinfield.

Some of their attacking play as they demolished Bradford and Hull over Easter was scintillating and even Saints coach Daniel Anderson has compared this Leeds side to his own outstanding 'Class of 2006'.

Leeds' only critic has been their new coach Brian McClennan and Sinfield agreed with the Kiwi taskmaster that there is room for improvement.

'We had a spell against Hull when we dropped the ball too often and put ourselves under pressure. If you aren't right on top of your game in Super League this season, you risk being beaten as Castleford showed us,' said Sinfield.

'Saints have had a few problems but they've got a side littered with internationals and have set the standards over the last three seasons. We know what to expect every time we go there. It's always a big game against Saints and we saw what they did to Wigan on Good Friday.'

Intriguingly, McClennan's father, Mike, coached Saints to three finals in the early Nineties and was assistant to Anderson when the latter was in charge of the New Zealand national side.

Saints welcome back giant Kiwi prop Jason Cayless for the first time since the Grand Final after a knee reconstruction.

Leeds had winger Lee Smith and forward Carl Ablett injured against Hull and bring in Ryan Hall and Kyle Leuluai.

Wigan have full back Richie Mathers back after a three-match ban against Wakefield at the JJB on Friday.

Wakefield, who have eight senior players missing, including playmakers Danny Brough and Sam Obst, may give a Super League debut to second rower Jay Pitts, 17.

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