Leeds Rhinos trio honoured in Super League awards

Leeds Rhinos' Ash Handley and Harry Newman were winners in the annual Betfred Super League awards tonight (Monday) and club legend Rob Burrow was also honoured.
Super League young player of the year Harry Newman, of Leeds Rhinos.Super League young player of the year Harry Newman, of Leeds Rhinos.
Super League young player of the year Harry Newman, of Leeds Rhinos.

Handley received the trophy for top try scorer, Newman was young player of the year and Burrow shared the Spirit of Super League award with Hull KR's Mose Masoe.

Handley topped the Super League try chart at the end of the regular season, with 14.

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The Rhinos winger - who was also the competition's top metre-maker - went one better than last year, when he was joint-second behind St Helens' Tommy Makinson.

Leeds Rhinos' Ash Handley was Super League's top try scorer.Leeds Rhinos' Ash Handley was Super League's top try scorer.
Leeds Rhinos' Ash Handley was Super League's top try scorer.

Newman also made up for a disappointment in 2019, having been nominated last year..

The 20-year-old centre was called into the England performance squad before he suffered a badly broken leg in September.

Newman said: “It means a lot.

“I think we’ve seen a lot of great talent across Super League this year.

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“Covid has given an opportunity for a lot of young players to show what they can do on the big stage.”

Burrow and Masoe - who suffered a career-ending spinal injury in a pre-season game at Wakefield Trinity.- were joint winners of shared the Spirit of Super League award, presented for a 'a significant contribution to the sport beyond the field of play'.

Masoe paid tribute to Burrow, who was diagnosed with motor neurone disease last December.

He said: “It is an honour to receive this award with Rob, for what he is going through.

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“To see how he is fighting and carrying on with life is an absolute inspiration to us all.”

Last year’s winner Jamie Jones-Buchanan added: “It has been a difficult year for a multitude of reasons, but when we look back, these two ex-players will be a real shining light, not just the courage and fortitude they’ve shown, but the way the game has wrapped itself around them in support.”

Huddersfield Giants' Michael Lawrence was top tackler and the coach of the year honour went to Wigan Warriors' Adrian Lam.

2020 Betfred Super League season awards: Top tackler – Michael Lawrence (Huddersfield Giants), top try Scorer – Ash Handley (Leeds Rhinos), Spirit of Super League (Awarded to those who make a significant contribution to the sport beyond the field of play), Rob Burrow and Mose Masoe, young player of the year – Harry Newman (Leeds Rhinos), coach of the year - Adrian Lam (Wigan Warriors).

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