Sinfield scales new heights
Leeds Rhinos captain Kevin Sinfield reached another landmark on Friday night, and once again it was Salford City Reds who were on the receiving end.
Last season the England international kicked five goals in the Rhinos’ 30-22 win at the Willows to reach 2,410 points and break Paul Deacon’s Super League record.
On this occasion, at the Reds’ new Salford Community Stadium, the goalkicking stand-off scored a try and kicked eight goals in a 56-16 victory to become his club’s all-time leading scorer, going past Lewis Jones’ tally of 2,920 points.
Sinfield typically played down his achievement, saying: “More pleasing is the way we played than beating the record.
“I have played in some amazing teams and have been lucky that most of the tries have been under the posts.”
Leeds coach Brian McDermott saluted his captain’s effort, adding: “To beat Lewis Jones’ record is incredible. He took longer to score his points than Kevin, who did not start kicking until 2003.”
The Rhinos fell behind to a Vinnie Anderson try but rallied to lead 32-4 at half-time and centre Zak Hardaker also had plenty to celebrate with a hat-trick of tries as they made it four wins in a row to remain two points behind leaders Huddersfield Giants with a game in hand.