SHAUN LUNT will be the loser if there is an all-Yorkshire Challenge Cup final at Wembley on August 25.
The 25-year-old hooker is sure to be included in Leeds head coach Brian McDermott’s 17 for the 13th consecutive match since joining the club on loan from Huddersfield Giants as the Rhinos take on Wigan in the first of this year’s semi-finals at the Galpharm Stadium on Saturday (5.30).
Lunt, who needs one try to reach a career century of touchdowns, will remain at Headingley for the rest of the season, but will not be able to face his parent club if they overcome Warrington in Sunday’s second semi-final at the City of Salford Stadium (5.30) and the Rhinos beat Wigan.
“Huddersfield have a clause where he can’t play against them,” said McDermott.
“It would be tough on Shaun should we find ourselves in the final against Huddersfield – it’s a big call for them to make on the player.
“He’s been pretty good for us. He compliments Rob Burrow really well. Rob has a very particular game, a very dynamic attacking game, and Lunty comes on and offers us a fair amount of control.
“The threat starts to come from other areas when he comes on the field. He blends well with us.”
Forwards Kylie Leuluai, Jamie Jones-Buchanan and Weller Hauraki are all in contention after sitting out the Rhinos’ 21-6 win over Hull last Friday, leaving McDermott with some tricky selection issues.
“We’ve got some blokes who have played themselves into the team,” he said.
“We’re not sure what that’s going to be just yet.
“There’s nobody ruled out through injury, other than Brent Webb, and whoever misses out, it’s going to be tough.”