Challenge Cup (video): Cuthbertson focusing on collective glory
GIVEN his all-consuming form, it would be no surprise if Leeds Rhinos’ Adam Cuthbertson carried off the Lance Todd Trophy as the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup final’s best player tomorrow.
The dynamic Australian prop is already in the running for all the major awards in his debut Super League campaign.
He is heavily tipped for Man of Steel, is surely in the running for the Rugby League Writers Association’s award and has already set a record for most offloads in a Super League season.
It is perhaps surprising then that the 30-year-old is not offered at shorter odds than 8/1 for the Lance Todd against Hull KR, with Ladbrokes having suspended bets on Leeds captain Kevin Sinfield taking the award, with colleague Jamie Peacock the second favourite.
On the prospect of lifting the Challenge Cup in his first season here, former Newcastle Knights forward Cuthbertson said. “As a team, you couldn’t ask for much more. You don’t want personal accolades and you don’t really aim for those sorts of things.
“You aim to do it as a team and it is much more enjoyable when you get team success.
“It is very exciting to be able to get to the final with such a good bunch of blokes.
“Last year I was sitting in my mother’s lounge room on the Sunshine Coast, cheering on the boys when they were taking on Cas in the final.
“It was great to watch on TV and it gave me an understanding of how big it is, but it’s another thing to get over here and experience it first hand. I am really looking forward to it.”
He refuses to be drawn in by the fact the competition’s title sponsors have KR as rank 7/2 outsiders in a two-horse race.
Cuthbertson added: “I don’t think you can read anything into it. One thing the odds can do is work against you.
“If anything, you’d rather be flying under the radar.
“I saw my old team Newcastle on Monday, they were underdogs to beat Melbourne – and won quite convincingly.”