Tom Briscoe is hoping to add to Hull KR’s Challenge Cup final heartache as Leigh looks to cap off their successful return to the big time. Hull KR’s last appearance in the Wembley showpiece in 2015 ended in a devastating 50-0 defeat to Leeds, with Briscoe scoring a record five tries and winning the Lance Todd Trophy. However, Briscoe believes this time will be different and expects Hull KR to put up a tougher fight. Leigh, newly promoted to the Super League, is aiming for their first cup triumph since 1971.
Briscoe recalls the 2015 final as the highlight of his career and hopes to recreate some of that magic in this weekend’s match. He reflects on the incredible moment of scoring his last try and the celebration that followed. However, he acknowledges that Hull KR has talented players who can create opportunities out of nothing, and Leigh must show them full respect.
Leigh’s promotion to the Super League this season marks their fourth attempt in the Super League era, with previous relegations in 2005, 2017, and 2021. This time, a change in name to the Leopards and the recruitment of marquee players like Briscoe has led to a change in fortunes. Currently sitting third in the Super League, Leigh’s overall form in both the league and cup, including a victory over 2022 Grand Final winners St Helens in the semi-finals, gives Briscoe confidence. He realizes the importance of not underestimating opponents based on previous results.
Briscoe highlights the team’s confidence and intensity, which have been consistent throughout the season. He believes they can draw on the experiences of previous years and their strong squad to meet the challenges of being newly promoted. Leigh has not reached the cup final since their win 52 years ago, and Briscoe wants to give the long-suffering fans something to cheer.
Reaching the final already holds special significance for the club, but winning it would be a remarkable achievement in Briscoe’s first season with the newly promoted team. He acknowledges the significance of the occasion for the town and hopes they can go one step further. The last time Leigh won the Challenge Cup was over 50 years ago, and Briscoe is determined to give the fans a reason to celebrate once again.