Aug 8 2010
Leeds match-winner Danny McGuire reflected on a magnificent team performance after the Rhinos booked a place in the Carnegie Challenge Cup final.
The outstanding McGuire scored two second-half tries as Leeds twice came from behind to edge out rivals St Helens 32-28 in a thrilling semi-final at the Galpharm Stadium in Huddersfield. The stand-off's double took his career tally past 200 but he had little chance to savour his achievement in a nerve-shredding finale.
McGuire said: "It was pretty tense, it was see-saw action in the second half. We put one on their chin, they put one on our chin. Saints were missing a few players and they played well, but we just had that desire to achieve."
Leeds trailed 18-8 at half-time but hit back with Ryan Hall's second of the game.
Matt Gidley pushed Saints further in front but McGuire hauled the Rhinos back with a juggling first try and Brent Webb put them ahead.James Graham restored Saints' lead but McGuire's 201st try snatched victory late on.
McGuire's second try six minutes from time ultimately settled the contest and came as the half-back supported a break by England captain Jamie Peacock.
"It was something JP and I have been talking about a little bit," McGuire added.
"He is fantastic, he is super-human, JP.
Saints coach Mick Potter said: "I am not making any excuses - we put our best team out there.
"We were capable of winning and we were in a winning position numerous times in that game. couldn't have asked any more of them, they did their best to hold on at the end."