A-Z of Leeds Rhinos - 'K' is for...Kickers

Statistically, Kevin Sinfield is the greatest marksman of the full-time era, holding Leeds club records from most goals in a career (1,831) and season (173).

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Kevin Sinfield's late penalty senrt Rhinos to Old Trafford in 2011. Picture by PA.

Third in the sport’s all-time list of goal kickers, he holds Leeds club records from most goals in a career (1,831) and season (173).

Sinfield’s last-second touchline goal in 2003 sent Rhinos’ Challenge Cup semi-final against St Helens into extra-time and his boot won a host of matches for the club, including Challenge Cup and league semi-finals in 2011 and a final qualifier the following year.

Sinfield did not miss during Leeds’ play-offs campaign eight years ago.

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Kylie Leuluai in the middle of training at Kirkstall ahead of the 2015 Grand Final. Picture by Tony Johnson.

Fittingly, his final goal for the club was a conversion which won the 2015 Grand Final and sealed the treble.

Iestyn Harris might have got near Sinfield’s tally if he had spent more time at Leeds. He holds the club record for most goals in a game - 17 against Swinton in a 2001 Cup tie - and is fifth on the career list with 594, behind Sinfield, Lewis Jones (1,244), Joe Thompson (862) and Bev Risman (611).

Next is Berk Cook, a New Zealander who landed 556 goals from 1947-53.

He booted one of the most famous kicks in Leeds’ history, a penalty from half-way in a mudbath at Central Park, to defeat Wigan in a 1947 Challenge Cup tie.

Kiwi Ali Lauitiiti made a guest appearance for Rhinos against New Zealand in 2015. Picture by Steve Riding.

‘K’ is also for...Kirkstall.

Headingley and Leeds Rugby Union both played at Clarence Fields in Kirkstall, as - briefly - did Bramley Rugby League Club, before the site became Rhinos’ training base.

Rhinos’ poor performance in 2016 was blamed partly on flooding at Kirkstall, which took six months to repair.

The nearby river Aire burst its banks again earlier this year, but flood protection measures limited the damage.

‘K’ is also for...Kiwis.

Nineteen New Zealand Test players have featured for Leeds,the first two being Joseph Lavery and Harold Rowe who featured on the pioneering All Golds tour to England in 1907, which included an 8-2 win over the Loiners at Headingley.

The most successful was Ali Lauitiiti who played in five Grand Final wins.

Leeds have faced Kiwi touring sides 12 times, winning just once - 11-6 in 1972.

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