Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Paul All out to Banish Demons

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Paul All out to Banish Demons

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Byline: By Ian Laybourn

Bradford captain Robbie Paul will be spurred by the promise of glory and haunted by the spectre of failure when he leads the Bulls out against arch rivals Leeds Rhinos in the Powergen Challenge Cup final at the Millennium Stadium today.

The charismatic Kiwi has experienced all the emotions of rugby league's famous knockout competition, which for 80 minutes will see the heart of West Yorkshire transplanted en block to Cardiff.

Paul has fond memories of the last all-Yorkshire final at Murrayfield three years ago, when the Bulls defeated the Rhinos 24-18, but still feels the pain of three defeats in London, all of them at the hands of St Helens.

He is a short price to become only the fourth player to win the Lance Todd Trophy twice but he would happily swap any personal acclaim for a second winners' medal.

"By my standards, I had a pretty poor game at Murrayfield but it still felt better than winning the Lance Todd and scoring the hat-trick but losing," said Paul, who in 1996 became the first player to score three tries in a Wembley final. …

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