YEP Says: Leeds Rhinos must be honoured at BBC Sports Personality of Year

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History was made on Saturday when Leeds Rhinos completed the impossible treble by winning the Super League Grand Final to go with the Challenge Cup and League Leader’s Shield.

The victory, hard fought as you would expect against a Wigan team, themselves almost unbeatable at the moment, was a fitting farewell for retiring legends Kevin Sinfield, Jamie Peacock and Kylie Leuluai.

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It would have been a travesty for those three had they not emerged victorious from the titanic battle at Old Trafford.

There were many who thought it was going to be a game too far for the Rhinos, after a gruelling campaign – and the hope of seeing them go one step further and rewrite their history books was going to flounder.

But the Rhinos are the Rhinos – and we all know they are men of steel.

The fact this match took place without even a nod or a hint of recognition from terrestial TV – notably the BBC who only had Strictly Come Dancing on their schedule, having failed to win the contract for the other oval ball game in the Rugby World Cup – is inexcusable.

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This is akin to a Premier League team winning the league, the FA Cup and the League Cup.

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So what is the point we are making? It is this. Remember last year at the Sports Personality of the Year Awards, when the triumph of the Grand Départ, as part of the Tour de France, barely got any recognition. And the mention it did receive was against a backdrop of an outdated stereotype of Last of the Summer Wine and flatcap Yorkshire.

Rugby League is seen as a northern sport – indeed it is – but why should that mean it fails to get the recognition from broadcasters who purport to represent our nation?

Do we care? Yes we do and yes we should.

Leeds Rhinos deserve to be recognised as the team of the year at SPOTY in a few months time. Sinfield and Peacock as sports personalities for their achievements.

The BBC must prove itself to be more than a London-centric organisation, lift their heads to appreciate a fast and furious sport, played by superb athletes and to educate the rest of the country about this sport.

PIC: Simon Hulme

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