JAMIE PEACOCK and Kevin Sinfield received the biggest cheers of an emotional night as Leeds Rhinos celebrated their Golden Decade.
More than 400 fans, sponsors, staff, players, past players and guests attended a gala black tie dinner at Leeds Town Hall, with another 200 watching from the balcony.
Players, including Peacock, were interviewed on stage by Sky Sports’ Rod Studd and highlights of Rhinos’ 12 trophy successes since 2004 were shown on a big screen. Others to pay tribute to the club included England rugby union head coach Stuart Lancaster - who admitted he is a big admirer of Rhinos and rugby league - and Welcome to Yorkshire’s Gary Verity, mastermind behind bringing the Tour de France to Yorkshire last year.
Tony Smith, who coached Leeds to Grand Final glory in 2004 and 2007, also spoke on stage, along with past players Matt Diskin and Richie Mathers. Matt Adamson, who played for Leeds from 2002-2004, was the most well-travelled guest, making the journey from his home in Sydney. Adamson will be among the crowd at Headingley for Peacock’s testimonial game against Bradford Bulls on Sunday.