Leeds Rhinos: Milestone secondary to a start for Burrow

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LEEDS RHINOS legend Rob Burrow’s latest milestone meant less to him than being recalled to the starting line-up.

The six-time Grand Final winner became the 12th player to reach 1,000 points for Leeds when he scored the first of two tries in the 48-22 home victory over Wakefield Trinity Wildcats two days ago.

Burrow said he was “proud” to reach four figures, but insisted the victory – which lifted Rhinos four points clear at the top of First Utility Super League – was his top priority.

“I heard a few weeks back that me and Danny [McGuire] were both near 1,000 points, but it’s not something I have ever thought about,” Burrow said.

“I don’t take much notice of stats like that, but Leeds are the club I supported as a kid so it’s great to a, play with them and b, score 1,000 points.

“It’s something I am really proud of. It’s something I never thought would happen, but I’m really proud.”

Monday’s game was Burrow’s first appearance in the starting 13 this year – and a rare run out for him at scrum-half rather than hooker.

“I’m not sure when the last time I started at No 7 was,” he admitted. “That is my favourite position and to start as well, I am really happy with that, but the win was the main thing.

“That was great. It was a tough game, scrappy at times, but that was down to Wakefield making it hard for us.

“They could quite easily have come to Headingley and not tried at all, but they made us work for it, which we expected.

“They have got some great players in their team and when they play well, they make it hard. We knew they’d come and put on a good show, so we were pleased to get the job done.”

Rhinos won both their matches over Easter to make it eight victories in nine Super League matches this season.

With second-placed St Helens suffering back-to-back defeats, Rhinos are in a commanding position at the top of the table and they have a five-point advantage over Sunday’s hosts Salford Red Devils, who are up to third.

“It is a big game on Sunday,” Burrow said. “Salford are in hitting form and results went our way over Easter.

“Now we are up there we’ve got to maintain that, because everyone’s chasing us. It’s always harder to stay there than to get there.

“It will be a tough game. We are excited about it, but we are confident at the moment and we are playing well. We need to maintain that.

“It isn’t easy backing up, but it’s the same for both teams and there’s no excuses. You do ache a bit leading up to the game, but once it’s on you forget about it.

“We have shorter turnarounds than this during the regular season, so we’re looking forward to it.”

Meanwhile, Burrow, who is out of contract at the end of the year, said he does not know where rumours he has signed for his hometown club Castleford Tigers for 2016 have come from. He said. “I keep reading it on Twitter and hearing it, but that’s news to me.”

Rob  Burrow finds his path blocked at Huddersfield. Picture: Steve Riding.

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