Good things happen to good people – McClennan
Leeds Rhinos Head Coach Brian McClennan expressed his pride in his group of players after they made history at Old Trafford with a 18-10 victory over St Helens.
Leeds became the first team to ever win three Super League titles in a row and in the process skipper Kevin Sinfield, who was named Man of the Match, became the first Rugby League captain ever since 1895 to lead a team to four Championships beating Shaun Edwards (Wigan) and Chris Joynt (St Helens).
Speaking to the press after the game McClennan said, "I am so pleased for these guys. Good things happen to good people and I could not be prouder of them. The way these guys live their lives and how they promote our great game, I think they deserve credit for that. That is epitomised by our captain Kevin Sinfield. To lead a team to four Championships is an incredible achievement."
Sinfield turned the spotlight on his coach when he said, "Bluey deserves the credit for how he has managed this team since he arrived here. New Zealand’s loss has certainly be our gain. I have also spoken about Paul Caddick and Gary Hetherington and how this is down to them as well. In a salary cap sport it is tough to keep together a group of players and they have managed that by creating an environment that no one wants to leave. We lose people occasionally like Nick Scruton and Gaz Ellis last year and Lee Smith this year. But everyone else is here for good. We could all probably go elsewhere and earn more money but we don’t. You can’t buy memories like tonight. These are just team mates they are friends too. In that sense we are billionaires when it comes to memories," added Sinfield.