McGuire insists Rhinos are underdogs

06 October 2017 00:05:44 GMTPlus11

Leeds Rhinos skipper Danny McGuire says that his side go into Saturday's Super League Grand Final as underdogs.

The Rhinos captain will be playing his last game for the club along with Rob Burrow and will be hoping to lead the team to their eighth title win whereas the Castleford Tigers are seeking their first.

I'll be giving everything out there on Saturday to try to get the result for the team.

Danny McGuire

However, Daryl Powell's side finished first in the table after the regular season, winning the League Leaders' Shield and they have won their last eight matches against Leeds.

McGuire feels that gives Tigers an edge which justifies their status as favourites at Old Trafford.

He said: "When you feel you have a formula to beat a team, then it does give you confidence going into a game and I'm sure that's how Cas feel at the minute.

"But anything can happen on the day. You've got to perform and cope with the occasion, the pressure, everything that comes with a Grand Final. You've got to be able to handle all those situations, it's totally different from just a normal league game."

The Rhinos are 6/4 to win on Saturday with Castleford priced at 8/15. Leeds are 4/5 to win with a 4.5-point start.

While Castleford have the edge in recent battles between the sides, there is no doubt that the Rhinos have the big game experience which could prove crucial on Saturday in front of a huge crowd.

This will be their 10th Grand Final compared to the Tigers first and McGuire has been involved in all seven of their wins so far.

As he bids farewell he admits it will be a struggle to keep his emotions under control after 16 years with the club.

"I'm going to try and keep everything in check before the game and make sure I don't let the emotion get to me, but I might have a little cry after the game," he added.

"Hopefully they're tears of celebration rather than disappointment. I'll be giving everything out there on Saturday to try to get the result for the team."

Leeds are 5/1 to win the 2018 Challenge Cup.

Meanwhile, Castleford have revealed that Zak Hardaker will miss Saturday's game after a "breach of club rules".

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