Leeds Rhinos: Wembley stalwart Sinfield empathises with beaten finalists

Kevin Sinfield

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LEEDS RHINOS’ most successful captain hailed their latest triumph – but admitted he felt for beaten opponents Hull KR.

Sinfield kicked seven goals from nine attempts in Rhinos’ 50-0 Ladbrokes Challenge Cup final success.

That was his 20th major final as Leeds skipper and his second Cup win – from seven appearances in the decider.

Sinfield, who holds the record for Cup final captaincies, described Rhinos’ performance as “very professional”.

He said: “It was mentioned at half-time about keeping them to nil, but I have to say it was a great team performance.

“Everyone did their job, we had a great plan, we knew what we needed to do and thankfully we delivered.

“To nil a team on that sort of stage is special, but I think Hull KR have had it pretty tough for the last couple of weeks, in terms of the opposition they’ve played.

“Because of how intense those two weeks have been for us, it left us in great nick. Wembley can be sapping, but I thought from one to 17, we delivered.”

Sinfield will leave Rhinos at the end of the season to join Yorkshire Carnegie Rugby Union Club and the game two days ago was his final appearance at Wembley.

But he stressed: “It was all about the team. I have lost five of them, so I am just happy to have five winner’s medals now. The kids get one each and I still feel this isn’t the end. There’s seven or eight weeks left in the season and we look forward to what’s to come. Last year winning the Cup derailed us, but hopefully we can get it right this time.”

Of Rovers, Sinfield added: “I really feel for Hull KR. I have lost five finals and I know how tough it must be. I thought they had a real dig and I’d urge their fans to stick with them. I know how much hurt their players will be going through. We are happy and thankful, but to Hull KR, I’d say have faith in where they are going and what they are doing.”

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