Leeds Rhinos legend Sinfield breaks Jones’ points record

Kevin Sinfield goes over for a try against Salford City Reds. PIC: Steve Riding

Kevin Sinfield goes over for a try against Salford City Reds. PIC: Steve Riding

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History man Kevin Sinfield re-wrote the record books with a Sin-sational display in Leeds Rhinos’ 56-16 win at Salford City Reds.

The captain scored a try and kicked eight goals to eclipse Lewis Jones’ Leeds club points record, which had stood since 1964.

Sinfield’s total now stands at 2,925 for Leeds. He is also Super League’s record points and goal scorer and Leeds’ most prolific kicker.

The stand-off went into the game needing 15 points to equal Jones’ record and he admitted: “I didn’t think I would get close to it tonight. I thought it was going to be a close game.

“Richard, our assistant conditioner, was counting down for me when he came on, so I was aware of it.

“It was nice to score a try as well – I was a bit worried I might go a full year and have to do a naked run.”

He added: “I thought it was a really good team performance.

“We threw the ball about and asked some questions.

“I am delighted to get the record, but the fact we have been successul as a team over the years is more important. We are a team sport and ultimately I am the lucky one who gets to kick the ball between the posts.”

Coach Brian McDermott paid tribute to his skipper. He said: “Lewis Jones was an incredible player and it you can break one of his records, that’s fantastic.

“Kev didn’t start kicking goals until 2003, so to do it in such a short time is recognition for all the great teams he has played in over the years as well.”

Of Rhinos’ performance, McDermott said: “I feel lucky, because we have got certain individuals in certain areas of the field who do some outstanding things. Things certainly clicked for us.

“I thought it was a case of us being good rather than Salford being poor.”

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