Leeds Rhinos suffered world title heartbreak, but chief executive Gary Hetherington says they did the British game proud.
Rhinos were beaten 18-14 by Melbourne Storm after a classic Probiz World Club Challenge showdown last night. And Hetherington reckons Rhinos proved his case for expanding the competition to three or more teams from each hemisphere in future years.
“We are disappointed with the result,” Hetherington said. “You only get one chance in cup finals and we wanted to retain our world club title.
“But the Melbourne Storm are a world class outfit and congratulations to them.
“This contest will certainly do a great deal for the credibility of our game and give other teams the confidence to be able to take on the very best of the NRL.”
Hetherington added: “It was a magnificent contest and a terrific performance from Leeds Rhinos against what the Australians reckon to be the best team ever to come out of Australia. Credit to Melbourne. They are an outstanding rugby league team, but our players and our team matched them for long periods of the game.
“On another day it might have gone our way, but it was a great event and a great spectacle.
“It was a terrific atmosphere and a memorable night once again at Headingley Carnegie.”