Super Sinfield bags Leeds record
Salford 16 Leeds 56
Dave Hadfield was a schoolboy convert to rugby league, the game which, one way or another, has dominated his life ever since. After working for newspapers in Shropshire and Blackpool (where he covered the fortunes of Blackpool Borough) he travelled the world, working mainly in Hong Kong and Sydney. He became The Independent's rugby league man in 1990 and has written five books on the game and broadcast extensively for Sky and the BBC. Dave played his last game at the age of 53 and would have set up a try if anyone could have been bothered supporting his break. When not writing about the sport, he now limits himself to a bit of tick and pass with his local club, the Bolton Mets. Family includes supporters - of varying degrees of dedication - of Salford, Wigan, Sheffield Eagles and St George Illawarra.
Salford City Stadium
Saturday 17 March 2012
The Leeds captain, Kevin Sinfield, broke a club record almost half a century old, on a night when the Rhinos underlined their prolific scoring power.
Sinfield's try and eight goals took him beyond the career point-scoring record of 2,920 by Lewis Jones, set in 1964. It was the 48th match in a row in which he had scored and a timely reminder, if any were needed, of his importance to this champion Leeds side. Sinfield was characteristically modest about his achievement. "I've played in some amazing teams and tonight the way we played is more pleasing to me than breaking the record," he said.
There was also a notable contribution from one of the Rhinos' new breed, the splendidly-named Zak Hardaker, whose hat-trick of tries showed unmistakeable quality.
For Salford, a run of three victories has ended with two heavy defeats and this was a match which showed up their limitations.
It was the home side who went ahead first through Vinny Anderson. Leeds' responded in devastating fashion. Hardaker's blistering pace brought him the first of the Rhinos' six tries before half-time then Kallum Watkins side-stepped through to score. In the second half, Hardaker picked up where he left off and the conversion for his third try was the historic one for Sinfield.
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