Video: Leeds Rhinos fans in homecoming welcome

Jubliant scenes of victory welcomed record-breaking Rhinos back home to Leeds after they made history with their third successive win.

More than 8,000 roaring fans cheered on their heroes at Headingley Carnegie Stadium as the team returned to a homecoming bash in a blaze of glory.


Saturday saw them beat off arch-rivals St Helens yet again in an Old Trafford Grand Final - scooping their third Engage Super League title in a row.

Leeds captain Kevin Sinfield, who has now lifted the Super League trophy a record four times as captain, was named man of the match

And as he walked out onto the pitch, he was met with deafening cheers and applause from the stands.

All the players soaked up the electric atmosphere as each one strode across the ground and onto a stage.

There they spoke directly to fans about their reaction to the team's incredible achievement.

Speaking over the loud speakers, Kevin Sinfield said: "It's still not really sunk in. It's a massive achievement. It was a tough game and we got through in the end!"

Rhinos coach Brian McClennan paid tribute to the close-knit team as he said: "They talk about good things happening to good people and good things happened to a special bunch last night."

Fans queued around the block to get into the homecoming event; many wearing the team shirt.

The Evans family from Beeston are huge fans of Lee Smith and managed to speak to him afterwards.

His second try of the night after 72 minutes effectively clinched victory and the Rhinos held on to prevail 18-10.

But the 23-year-old is set to leave the Rhinos after signing up to join the Wasps on a three-year contract.

Mum Carole said: "My daughter's disabled and she's so upset he's leaving - he's going to rugby union - that's why we wanted to talk to him."

Carole was at the event with husband Richard, daughter Rebecca, 15, and son Joshua, 12, as well as friends Martin and Lucy Stead.

"We are lifelong fans! We have been here three years on the trot. These homecomings are really important as they bring the whole community

together so we can cheer them on."

Tony Hall, 67, had travelled over from Slingsby near York with his family.

"I have supported them all my life. I go to most away matches and all the home matches. The atmosphere yesterday was phenomenal. St Helens' fans were so down in the mouth I even heard people say that they couldn't take it anymore! Make no mistake St Helens are brilliant but we deserved to win. We were the best side on the night."

Noel and Carol Mann, aged 48 and 56, from Middleton, watched the match on television.

Noel said: "I was gutted not to go so at least we've come down to celebrate today. I watched it at home - it was fantastic, absolutely brilliant. Sinfield was definitely man of the match."

Nichola O'Leary, 36, of Osmondthorpe, also watched the match at home with family.

"I am passionate about it! It was so nerve racking watching them. They deserve it, they played so well. Seven of us were watching altogether and we were screaming at the television!"