Castleford v Leeds: Key battles

  • Last Updated: August 20 2014, 8:19 BST

We look at three of the key battles set to decide the outcome of Saturday's Challenge Cup final.

Jamie Peacock: Key man for Leeds
Jamie Peacock: Key man for Leeds


Two hookers with contrasting styles and at the opposite ends of their careers who are sure to have a big say in the destination of the Challenge Cup. The 21-year-old Clark has demonstrated for Castleford this season that he is an England international in the making, with his searing pace and eye for an opening. Burrow, despite being 10 years his senior, is showing no sign of slowing down and still has the ability to turn a game in an instant with one of his mazy scoots from dummy half.


It could be a war of attrition between these two old stagers who have rolled back the years to produce vintage seasons in 2014. Lynch, 34, was in the Hull team that lost to Wigan at Wembley 12 months ago but has enjoyed a new lease of life on his return to his home-town club, leading the way for Castleford's mobile pack as they invariably lay a solid platform for their half-backs. Peacock continues, at the age of 36, to defy logic by consistently topping most of the statistics, inspiring his Rhinos team-mates with his Herculean efforts and, like Lynch, always plays long minutes.


Two other players fancied to land the prestigious Lance Todd Trophy in their differing ways. Sneyd has been one of the revelations of the season after joining Castleford on loan from Salford. With his varied handling and kicking games, he has the full bag of tricks, along with the most bizarre, yet effective, place kicking style in the game. Sinfield has been the master tactician for the Rhinos for a decade, pulling the strings to enable the club's gifted outside backs to display their scoring potential.