Fans call on Leeds Rhinos to charge to Grand Final victory to honour club

Cole Burke on his fifth birthday with his aunties Nicky Kent (left) and Becky Payne cheering on the Rhinos. PIC: Gary Longbottom
Cole Burke on his fifth birthday with his aunties Nicky Kent (left) and Becky Payne cheering on the Rhinos. PIC: Gary Longbottom
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Leeds Rhinos fans are hoping the team will charge to victory, with many prediction today’s game as a “close call”.

With the upcoming departure of legendary players, Kevin Sinfield and Jamie Peacock, many fans are hoping that Leeds Rhinos will finish off a successful start to the season with another win.

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Stanningley ARLFC have also offered their messages of support to Jamie Peacock, who has been part of the club for over 30 years.

The player, who grew up in west Leeds, started his career with the team and they wished him luck for his final game with the Rhinos.

Brian Sowden, former coach and treasurer at the club, said: “When Jamie first started, we were unsure of how well he’d perform in the future.

“He was just a skinny lad when he first started but over the years he has gone really far.

“We are very proud that he has become the success that he has. We are feeling confident and open about the match.

“We are hoping that as it is Jamie’s last game, that we do go out on a high and win.”

Messages of support have also poured on from Leeds Rhinos fans, with many optimistic about tomorrow’s game.

Dawn Farr, from Headingley has been a lifelong supporter of the club.

She believes the departure of Kevin and Jamie will be a massive loss to the game and believes today’s game will be a tough one.

She said: “I think it is going to be a really close game.

“On one hand, it’d be good if the Rhinos can do the treble this season.

“But usually after just winning the Challenge Cup it is a real big ask for a team to win anything else.

“So the fact the Rhinos have already won the double is for me more than enough this season.

She added: “It would be icing on the cake if they could win this season, especially as Jamie and Kevin are leaving, it’d just be magical.”

Her sentiments were echoed by Dave Goodfield, 55, from Roundhay.

He said: “I think Leeds Rhinos have got to win for the players that are leaving, although you cannot replace players of that calibre!”

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