LEEDS RHINOS are one win away from history.
Rhinos will play in their first Grand Final since 2012 following last night’s 20-13 Super League semi-final win over St Helens.
It means Rhinos will have featured in every possible game this year and victory would complete the first clean sweep in the club’s history.
Skipper Kevin Sinfield kicked a crucial 40-20 – his first of the season – and four goals from as many attempts in his final appearance at Headingley as a Rhinos player.
He, Jamie Peacock and Kylie Leuluai will now play their last game for the club against Wigan Warriors at Old Trafford, a week today.
Sinfield described it as “probably one of the toughest games I’ve been involved in”.
He added: “I am very, very happy to be able to get the win here, in front of so many great fans, who have supported me for 20 years.
“It was a nice way to say goodbye on my Rhinos career at Headingley. But it wasn’t about me, JP or Kylie.
“We all wanted to win, but there’s a full dressing room of lads who wanted to win.”
Coach Brian McDermott described it as a “battle of wills”.
He admitted Rhinos were “gassed in the second half” and he said: “The performance was nine out of 10. I am not saying that as a coach, but as an observer. It was played at such a high level of intensity.
“It feels fantastic to be back at the Grand Final, I feel excited and privileged.”
Saints coach Keiron Cunningham felt his team were the better side for large parts of the game, but Sinfield’s 40-20 was the turning point.
“All credit to Leeds, I have no complaints,” added Cunningham, who said he was pleased for McDermott, Sinfield, Leuluai and Peacock.
“This Leeds team are capable of doing anything. They deserve all the praise they get.”
Meanwhile, back-rower Chris Clarkson has left Rhinos and signed for Hull KR on a three-year contract.
Clarkson, who spent this season on loan at Widnes Vikings, was released from the final year of his Leeds deal.
Clarkson said: “The club has a really bright future and I can’t wait to be a part of improving on this year’s successes.”