Kev’s fi­nal in­dig­nity

THREE LOSSES HURT SO MUCH

Daily Express - - RUGBY LEAGUE: CHALLENGE CUP - By Gareth Walker

LEEDS V SAL­FORD 3PM, SKY SPORTS

KEVIN BROWN knows more about Chal­lenge Cup fi­nal heartache than most.

350 words The Sal­ford Red Devils play­maker wants to avoid mak­ing his­tory to­day by be­com­ing the first player to lose four fi­nals with four dif­fer­ent clubs.

And the sto­ries be­hind each de­feat leave the 36- year- old with a burn­ing de­sire to set the record straight against Leeds.

In 2004, Brown was knocked out twice as Wi­gan lost to St He­lens in Cardiff and spent the af­ter­math of the game barely aware he had played in a ma­jor fi­nal.

Fast- for­ward five years and he had to be sub­sti­tuted in the early stages of Hud­der­s­field’s de­feat by War­ring­ton af­ter dam­ag­ing his knee in a col­li­sion with his own team- mate.

By 2018 Brown had joined the Wolves but was part of the side am­bushed by Cata­lans Dragons, who be­came the first non- English club to lift the tro­phy.

And to make mat­ters worse, the fol­low­ing year when War­ring­ton pro­vided their own un­der­dog tri­umph against St He­lens, Brown was watch­ing from the stands af­ter a se­ri­ous Achilles in­jury.

“What it means is that I re­ally, re­ally want to win one now,” Brown said.

“The first time I was only 19 and I just thought we’d be go­ing back ev­ery year.

“It took quite a while for me to get back with Hud­der­s­field and then I blew my knee out af­ter just 10 min­utes.

“They were both tough but the 2018 one was par­tic­u­larly gutwrench­ing. We were mas­sive favourites but we just didn’t play well – there were no ex­cuses, we just got out­per­formed on the day, which re­ally hurt.”

LEEDS ( prob­a­ble): Myler, Briscoe, Sut­cliffe, Hur­rell, Han­d­ley, Lui, Gale, Seu­man­ufa­gai, Leem­ing, Oledzki, Mel­lor, Martin, Prior, Re­place­ments: Dwyer, Smith, Don­ald­son, Cuth­bert­son.

SAL­FORD ( prob­a­ble): Evalds, Wil­liams, Wel­ham, Watkins, Inu, Lololea, Brown, Mos­sop, Lus­sick, Dud­son, Greenwood, Flana­gan, Yates. Re­place­ments: Pauli, McCarthy, Burke, Kear.

BE­DEV­ILLED: Sal­ford’s Brown hopes to avoid record

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