Leeds Rhinos captain Kevin Sinfield celebrated a perfect finish to a rollercoaster season as his side beat St Helens 32-16 in the Engage Super League Grand Final at Old Trafford.
The Rhinos ran in three late tries sparked by a brilliant score from Ryan Hall to end Saints’ spirited challenge.
Leeds had looked anything but Grand Final winners earlier in the season when they suffered a number of humiliating defeats.
Sinfield, who kicked six goals, told Sky Sports 1: “Awesome, what a night, what a season. The boys were outstanding again.
“At a time in that second half Saints were well on top but thankfully we had enough to come back.
“There were a few places (earlier in the season) where we got a good hiding, got our bottoms smacked, but it’s not how you start it’s how you finish.”
Addressing the crowd as he went up to collect the trophy he added: “To all those people that wrote this team off, to all the people that criticised this team, tonight’s for you.”
Man of the match Rob Burrow, who scored a fine first-half try and whose brilliant dummy created Hall’s score, added: “The boys were fantastic.
“We really dug deep, it’s been a rough season. (But) with the character in the team we never give in.”