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Last Updated: Saturday, 27 August 2005, 16:01 GMT 17:01 UK
Errors cost us Cup, admits Smith
Kevin Sinfield is thwarted by the Hull defence
Leeds coach Tony Smith admitted his side paid dearly for their mistakes in their Challenge Cup defeat to Hull.

"We weren't far from taking it but we made a few errors in the game and that cost us dearly," Smith told the BBC.

"People may say it was a classic final but do I care? Not really, but there are several things for us to look at because we gave away a few soft ones."

Captain Kevin Sinfield, Lance Todd Trophy winner, said: "Obviously we are disappointed, but the best team won."

Despite being disappointed with the performance of his own team, Smith paid tribute to Hull.

"Hull were very gutsy - they are very methodical and work very hard," he said.

"We will handle it with dignity but we won't forget it in a hurry.

"You never really forget a defeat and we will try to learn from it and push on."

For Leeds the only consolation was the naming of Sinfield as Lance Todd Trophy winner for his man-of-the-match performance.

Smith said: "I'm chuffed for Kevin but he'll probably be saying he'd trade it in for a win."

Sinfield himself was magnanimous in defeat.

He said: "Hull thoroughly deserved their victory. Credit to our guys - we stuck to it. We had the character and we battled hard, but we just ran out of petrol.

"You win some, you lose some.

"We are not going to moan about any referring decisions. We just have to take it on the chin."

Interview: Leeds coach Tony Smith


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