Rhinos captain Kevin Sinfield said it was a proud day for him as he celebrated his team's 50-4 win against Oldham in his testimonial game.
Rhinos captain Kevin Sinfield said it was a proud day for him as he celebrated his team's 50-4 win against Oldham in his testimonial game. "I was very proud to have all my family here to see me play in front of such a bunch of loyal fans. The supporters have been very supportive of me since my debut in 1997 and I really enjoyed it. I've never played against an Oldham side before so it was a little bit special - I'm sure they let me through for those tries!" Sinfield also paid tribute to his fellow team mates and the fans for their support "The Leeds guys really put their hand up, it wasn't just a run out, it was a really important part of our preparation. It's vital to start piecing together what Brian wants. The crowd figure was great for this time of year and the weather that we've had, it was a big effort and I'd like to thank everyone who turned out; I really appreciate it and they played a key part in an important day for me." Leeds coach Brian McClennan also gave praise to the Rhinos skipper "The main thing was to celebrate Kevin and it was a bit of a fairytale finish for him. Everyone can feel that they contributed in a special way to a special guy on his day. That was the key thing, he is held in such high regard and deservedly so." The Rhinos scored 9 tries and conceded just one try in this pre season friendly and McClennan says he was pleased with the team's defensive performance "Defensively we did well, Oldham were very brave, they contested throughout. There was only one try conceded and it came off a kick and that was really pleasing, our defence is progressing really well and is going to get better too." The team's next fixture will be against NRL side South Sydney Rabbitohs in Jacksonville, Florida on 26th January and the Rhinos boss believes the Oldham game was good preparation for this fixture, "We got plenty out of today's game and the timing of the trip to Florida is perfect, we really want to get onto some dry pitches; the Rhinos are a team that are better on top of the ground."