Leeds Rhinos have seen many local lads from their academy perform so immaculately in the first team and Rob Burrow is certainly up there with the very best.
Dubbed ‘the Pocket Rocket’ to many of the Rhinos fans at Headingley Carnegie, the hooker, one of the smallest players in Rugby League has brought a lot of pace to the side and aptly, can easily burrow underneath opponents at any given moment.
The Pontefract-born half-back has been at Leeds since 2001 and is still been playing at the top of his game at the ripe old age of 33.
With the Rhinos, Burrow has already won a staggering seven Super League trophies, three World Club Challenge and two Challenge Cups.
He also been named in the Super League Dream Team three times and claimed the Harry Sutherland trophy – for man of the match in the Grand Final – twice.
A one-club player, he has currently notched an incredible 183 tries in 453 appearances and has also been capped 20 times by England and Great Britain, scoring 16 tries.
Burrow scored a try but it wasn’t enough as the Rhinos lost 26-24 in a thrilling contest over the Wigan Warriors at the DW Stadium on July 9, 2015.
The Rhinos were on a three-match winning streak in all competitions but, on this occasion, were beaten by a strong Wigan outfit.
Leeds started the game extremely well and scored the opening try on 11 minutes as Paul Aiton barged his way over to touchdown and Kevin Sinfield converted for a 6-0 lead.
However, Wigan replied with two tries in three minutes through Liam Farrell and Sean O’Loughlin, both kicked by Matty Smith which left Leeds behind 12-6. Brad Singleton then dodged his way through to score and Sinfield added the extras to make matters level.
Wigan then scored another two tries in the first and second half through Matty Bowen and Josh Charnley, again kicked by Matty Smith, which left Leeds trailing 24-12.
Ash Handley then crossed over the line after a neat kick-through by Sinfield who then added the tough conversion.
Burrow then dived his way over the line and Sinfield kicked to make the scores level. But a late Matty Smith penalty handed Leeds a cruel defeat.
JULY 9, 2015
SUPER LEAGUE AT DW STADIUM
Wigan Warriors: Bowen, Charnley, Bateman, Sarginson, Burgess, Williams, Smith, Crosby, McLlorum, Flower, Tomkins, Farrell, O’Loughlin. Subs: Clubb, Mossop, Tautai, Patrick.
Leeds Rhinos: Watkins, Handley, Keinhorst, Moon, Hall, Sinfield, McGuire, Leuluai, Aiton, Peacock, Delaney, Ablett, Cuthbertson. Subs: Burrow, Singleton, Walters, Yates.
Referee: Richard Silverwood