Rugby league can be a cruel mistress…
One minute, you’re celebrating as Champions, the next, you’re in the bottom four, staring at possible relegation and get dumped out of the Challenge Cup by Warrington Wolves.
Leeds looked nothing like the Champions of October as they were well and truly beaten by Warrington in the second of today’s semi finals at the University of Bolton stadium.
With rugby union returnee Josh Charnley and Tom Lineham both grabbing a pair of tries, Leeds were always on the back foot.
Perhaps its telling that director of rugby Kevin Sinfield isn’t putting his name forward for the job of head coach on a full time basis, as his side capitulated 48-12.
For their part, Warrington never looked troubled during the 80 minutes, and could have broken the 50 point barrier if Ben Westwood had brought his shooting boots for the final kick of the game.
Warrington will go into the showpiece final in three weeks time hoping that their opponents, Catalan Dragons, have a similar sort of day at the office Leeds did.
Given how often Wolves fans start the season saying “its our year”, perhaps this year, where the Challenge cup is concerned, it might well be.