RECORD-BREAKING leeds Rhinos captain Kevin Sinfield is on the verge of becoming only the fourth player in rugby league’s history to record 4,000 points.
Sinfield will go into tomorrow’s crunch showdown at Warrington Wolves needing just five points to bring up his latest career milestone, but he insisted all he is focused on is getting another win.
Rhinos are top of the table on points difference from St Helens after winning all their four games so far, but Sinfield sees tomorrow’s fixture as their biggest challenge to date.
The 15 points he bagged against Hull six days ago – from seven goals and a drop goal – lifted Sinfield above John Woods into fourth place on the sport’s all-time scoring list.
“It’s nice,” said Sinfield.
“I was aware of it, of course, but it certainly wasn’t in my mind when we were 12-0 down at half-time. It’s probably something to look back on when I’ve finished playing. The two points was what mattered last week and it was the icing on the cake to go up a place on that list.
“There’s some legends of our game on that list and to be in among them is pretty special, but I have said before you don’t do that without being in a great team and around great players and I felt the team showed that last week in the second half.”
Sinfield added: “Warrington away has not been a great hunting ground for us over the last couple of years.
“They play a style of rugby that’s difficult to defend against.
“So, if we can pick up the two points this week and I am not on the scoreboard at all, it will be a huge one for us and I’d be happy with that.”
Rhinos are in a crucial part of their season, including a run of three games they lost in the corresponding fixtures last season: Huddersfield at home and Hull and Warrington away.
After that they play host to Wigan Warriors, visit Catalans Dragons and then face a double-header of Easter derbies against Castleford Tigers and Wakefield Trinity Wildcats.
“The games are coming thick and fast,” Sinfield observed.
“Our first four have all been tough games against good opposition and that continues.
“With dropping down to 12 teams this is what the competition is about.
“We have got a tough game every week and we’re looking forward to Warrington now.”
Sinfield feels Rhinos will travel to HJ Stadium in confident mood, after fighting back to grab a late winner against Giants and then scoring 43 unanswered points in the second half at Hull. He said: “We have played some very good teams so far.
“But we’re bearing in mind there’s some very good teams to come. The last two results have been good for us.
“Hull beat us there last year and Huddersfield beat us for the past four seasons, so they were two big wins for us.
“To come from behind like we did last week was credit to the spirit we’ve got and credit to Mac (Leeds Rhinos coach Brian McDermott) for the way he spoke and his guidance at half-time.”