Leeds Rhinos: ‘Team player’ Sinfield focused on points not personal milestones

Kevin Sinfield.
Kevin Sinfield.
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HISTORY-MAKING captain Kevin Sinfield says two points in the league table was more important than his own place in the record books.

Sinfield kicked six goals from seven attempts and scored a try in Leeds Rhinos’ 36-16 win over Hull KR.

That took him past Gus Risman into third spot on rugby league’s all-time try scoring chart, behind only Neil Fox and Jim Sullivan.

It was also Sinfield’s 550th career game, but he said securing Rhinos’ first win in four First Utility Super League matches was what mattered the most.

“I thought it was just all right,” Sinfield said of Rhinos’ performance.

“I thought the second half was better, but in the first half we were a little bit off. Credit to Hull KR, we always knew it was going to be a tough game, but thankfully in the second half we played some decent stuff and got the two points.

“The win was the most pleasing thing. It was tight at half-time, so that’s what mattered in the end.”

Of his own milestone, Sinfield said: “It’s nice.

“It is an honour and something I am proud of, but it wasn’t at the forefront of my mind at all and it isn’t now.

“It was about getting the win and being better in that second half.

“Now the game has gone it’s something that’s really nice and probably something I’ll look back on when my career’s over and something my family will certainly be proud of.”

Sinfield’s career points total now stands at 4,062, 12 ahead of Risman.

Sullivan, who played for Wigan from 1921-46, scored 6,022.

Former Wakefield, Bradford, Hull KR, York, Bramley and Huddersfield hero Fox scored 6,220 from 1956-79.

Friday’s game was Sinfield’s 502nd for Leeds. He has also played for Great Britain (15), England (29) and Lancashire (4).