SENDING LEEDS Rhinos’ three departing legends out on a high was a huge motivation in the 22-20 Grand Final win over Wigan Warriors, winger Ryan Hall said.
It was Kevin Sinfield, Jamie Peacock and Kylie Leuluai’s last competitive game for Leeds and Hall said: “The best fairytales do come from sport, but you can’t script them.
“You do find inspiration from them and it has certainly happened on this occasion.
“Kylie came over from Manly and was injury struck and finding it hard to get his feet and we took him on board and he’s just an absolute rock, an absolute pillar for us.
“The way JP talks about the successes he’s had, he’s the best signing ever, you can’t say arguably any more and then there’s the captain who was there the first day I arrived and has taught me the rights and wrongs and we are going to miss him.
“We have to push on, but we are going to savour the moment and enjoy it with them.”
Reflecting on the secret of success in Rhinos’ all-conquering season, Hall added: “We were told we shouldn’t be able to do the treble, but we thrive on that.
“It’s motivation for us, but that’s not as strong as the desire from within.
“Brian [McDermott, Rhinos’ coach] sat everyone down last November and told them if we are going to this, it is going to be by millimetres and all the boys bought into it.
“We knew if we were to come out on top it would be by doing the hard yards – and not by steamrollering teams.”