Six players to watch in the Challenge Cup final

Drew Darbyshire

Salford will aim to lift the Challenge Cup for the first time in 82 years when they take on Leeds in the final at Wembley on Saturday.

We’ve picked out three players from each side to keep an eye on in Saturday’s showpiece event…

Krisnan Inu

The former New Zealand and Samoa international has been in stunning form this season. Inu has scored five tries and kicked 17 goals in six Super League appearances and is Mr Cool when it comes to high pressure moments.

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Ash Handley

Handley is one of the in-form players in Super League right now, having scored 12 tries in as many appearances in 2020. The England Knights international is very good out of yardage too, with an average gain of 9.63 metres per carry.

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Joey Lussick

The Australian has proved to be an incredible pick up by the Red Devils. Lussick first arrived at Salford in 2018 and has made more than 50 appearances for the club already. He’s quick out of dummy half and loves a scoot close to the line.

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Luke Gale

The 32-year-old has been immense for the Rhinos since his arrival from rivals Castleford. Gale is a key leader for Richard Agar’s side and is a clutch player. He has scored five tries, provided 11 assists and kicked three drop goals in Super League this term.

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Kevin Brown

Brown is like a fine wine, he seems to get better with age. The 36-year-old has been tearing it up in Super League this year and is a valuable member of Ian Watson’s side. He has lost in the Challenge Cup final three times with three different clubs, so could this be fourth time lucky for the World Cup finalist?

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Rhyse Martin

The Papua New Guinea international has been another quality signing from the Rhinos. He is explosive with the ball in hand and has tremendous work ethic in defence. Martin is excellent kicking over the sticks too, and can be relied upon with the boot.

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