Leeds Rhinos: Proud boss McDermott hails Rhinos’ history men

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BOSS BRIAN McDermott saluted Leeds Rhinos’ history-makers after yesterday’s 48-22 win over Wakefield Trinity Wildcats.

Skipper Kevin Sinfield returned from three games out due to a hamstring problem and converted all eight of Rhinos’ tries.

His second goal took him past 4,000 career points – a feat only three other players have achieved in rugby league’s 120-year history.

And it was a memorable afternoon for Rob Burrow, who made his first start of the season and grabbed a brace of tries, to reach 1,000 for Leeds.

“It is another massive feat for Kev in his career,” McDermott said of Sinfield, who will leave Rhinos at the end of the year to join Yorkshire Carnegie Rugby Union Club.

“For Rob to get 1,000 points, that’s huge. They have been fantastic players and continue to be fantastic players for this club.”

Yesterday’s win completed a perfect Easter for Rhinos, following the 
26-12 win at Castleford Tigers on Good Friday.

McDermott said: “I like the Easter thing, I think it’s unique for us, but that’s not to say it doesn’t take its toll.

“There were clearly some tired people out there.

“Wakefield were very competitive and credit to them, but I thought our fellas handled that and came strong throughout.

“I thought it was a good performance.”

Rhinos are now four points clear of second-placed St Helens, who lost at home to Hull yesterday and have a five-point gap on Sunday’s hosts Salford Red Devils, who are third.

“There’s a fair way to go and a fair few hurdles we’ve got to overcome,” McDermott said.

“It is a good position to be in for now, but we aren’t getting really really excited.

“We are mindful there’s a fair few challenging teams out there that we’re going to meet in the coming weeks and we’ve got to stay focused on what we do, rather than looking at the league.”

Rhinos’ medical staff are checking on Joel Moon and Brett Delaney, who both suffered rib injuries.

McDermott said long-term casualty Kylie Leuluai is deciding whether to undergo surgery on a biceps injury and will be out for up to 12 weeks if he has the operation.

Meanwhile, Wildcats coach James Webster admitted he contacted the RFL after last Thursday’s loss to Catalans Dragons to check what would happen if he was unable to field 17 fit players.

He said: “I thought we had a real good go.

“We improved from Thursday night and if we’d been able to handle Leeds one-on-one in certain situations we’d have right in the game.

“We had five or six tries scored against us, from range, because of a one-on-one miss. We tried really hard and I thought we were ultra-competitive for long periods.”