Cup final sapped Leeds emotionally, claims Achurch

Leeds forward Mitch Achurch felt that winning the Challenge Cup may have taken an emotional toll on the team, after they lost at St Helens last week.

Six days before the defeat, Leeds had beaten Hull KR 50-0 at Wembley, but they lost 32-18 to the Saints at Headingley.

“You could say it was expected, but we have higher standards than that,” Achurch told the Yorkshire Evening Post.

“I wouldn’t say it was a comfortable win, but the Cup final didn’t take a lot out of us physically. It was more emotionally.

“Physically we were ready to play on Friday, but in the second half we dropped off a bit and that was probably the emotion of it all.

St Helens are a good side and they wanted it a little bit more than us. You could tell in just about every tackle that they were up for it.

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