WHAT a remarkable season
Leeds Rhinos clinched the treble on Saturday by beating Wigan in Super League’s Grand Final at Old Trafford.
Here the Ep’S rugby league writer, Peter Smith, takes a look back at a stunning year for the Headingley club ...
1: Rhinos can beat Wigan in a final.
Saturday’s Grand Final win was the first time they have done so in seven attempts.
2: Zak Hardaker is a world-class talent.
The 23-year-old is the club’s first Man of Steel since Iestyn Harris in 1998. He scored 13 tries and was a constant threat on attack, but also established himself as one of the best defensive full-backs in the sport.
3: Kevin Sinfield, Kylie Leuluai and Jamie Peacock bowed out on their own terms.
Peacock was named in the Super League Dream Team and Sinfield and Leuluai also had big years.
4: Brian McDermott can produce consistent results.
The Leeds boss has always been a coach for the big occasion, but his previous best placing on the Super League table was third. Winning the league leaders’ shield was a feather in his cap.
5: The future is in good hands.
Stevie Ward, Brad Singleton and Liam Sutcliffe came of age as Super League players, youngsters Ash Handley, Ashton Golding and Jordan Lilley gained valuable experience and Josh Walters scored the crucial try at Old Trafford.