Leeds Rhinos: Sinfield deserves permanent honour - McDermott

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Leeds coach Brian McDermott believes record-breaking captain Kevin Sinfield deserves a statue in his honour.

The 30-year-old Rhinos hero today kicked seven goals to move five past club legend Lewis Jones’ record haul of 1,244 as Leeds came from behind to beat Hull 38-22 in the Carnegie Challenge Cup quarter-finals.

St Helens will erect a statue of club great Keiron Cunningham when they move to their new stadium next year and McDermott has suggested the Rhinos should follow suit.

McDermott said: “I am not going to do him justice here. At a club like Leeds, if someone sets a record it is not done easily.

“I know there a few statues of players being made at the moment. I think there should be a prototype ready for Kev. He is immense.

“His control of the game out there - not only just being a good captain - but his reading of the game, when to kick, when to play, was brilliant.”

Leeds needed to recover from a 16-6 half-time deficit at the KC Stadium after Jordan Turner crossed twice for Hull and Sam Obst also touched down.

Ben Jones-Bishop had kept the Rhinos in contention with a superb piece of skill and the tide turned as Carl Ablett twice went over and Brett Delaney and Ali Lauitiiti also scored.

Joe Westerman gave Hull late hope but Jones-Bishop’s second wrapped up Leeds’ victory.

“The most pleasing aspect was that we went out there and showed a lot of resilience in that second-half fightback,” McDermott said.

“We have been making strides gradually over the year and that was another benchmark, to handle a game where momentum swings back and forth.”

Leeds avoided the big guns of Wigan and St Helens in the semi-final draw - they will take on Castleford - and the competition could reinvigorate their season after slipping to seventh in Super League.

McDermott said: “I think there has always been life in our team, it is just not apparent sometimes.

“We are still involved in both competitions and we believe we can still win both.

“It is going to be a tough ask to do that, but we still want to do that.

“When you see performances like that, you can start getting excited.”

Hull coach Richard Agar felt the game started to slip away from his team early in the second half.

Agar said: “We were defending for a massive chunk... the opening 15 minutes of the second half.

“I always felt we had points in us but we saw so little of the football, we didn’t give ourselves enough of a chance.”

Agar is at least looking forward to a bright future after the club was taken over by ambitious new chairman Adam Pearson on Friday.

He said: “It is an important period of time for the club and I think excitement is probably the word.

“The outgoing board of directors have done an amazing job with the club but it is now ready for a push-on and a move forward.

“Adam has said he is prepared to do that and it is a great opportunity for everybody concerned, fans, staff and players.”

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