RETIRING VETERAN Jamie Jones-Buchanan stole the show when Leeds Rhinos closed their season with an impressive 26-4 win over Warrington Wolves last night.
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In the final game of his 20-year career, Jones-Buchanan brought the house down when he converted the third of Leeds’ four tries – his first-ever goal at senior level.
It was also a memorable night for Wakefield Trinity who beat London Broncos 19-10 to secure their Betfred Super League survival and send the capital side back into the Championship.
Jones-Buchanan made an emotional speech on the pitch after the game, telling the crowd: “I have lived the dream, 421 times.
“Now I’ll be back in the South Stand – I will be a Leeds supporter all my life.”
I have lived the dream, 421 times. Now I’ll be back in the South Stand – I will be a Leeds supporter all my life.Jamie Jobes-Buchanan
Boss Richard Agar, who saw Stevie Ward limp off with a dead leg, saluted a “terrific” result and occasion.
“Emotion was going to play a big part,” Agar said after his team sealed eighth place in the table.
“We knew the crowd would thrive on that and I thought our players did as well. Defensively we looked pretty good.
“We had to make some strong last-ditch efforts, but defensively we held up well throughout and we kicked the ball better after the opening period.
“It was a terrific side for Jonesy, he was skipper, he led the side and set a tremendous example.”