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Super League team guide: Sinfield can lead Leeds to glory again

| 08.02.2015

Team Name: Leeds

 Nickname: Rhinos

Ground: Headingly Carnegie Stadium

Famous Fans: Stuart Lancaster, Russell Crowe, Gabby Logan, James Milner, Sean Bean

Super League Wins:  Six – 2004, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012

Last Season:  Elimination Play-offs – Beaten 24-20 by Catalan Dragons

New Signings: Adam Cuthbertson (Newcastle Knights), Jordan Baldwinson (New Zealand Warriors), Mason Tonks (New Zealand Warriors)

Head Coach:  Brian McDermott

A manager that has been there and done it on the pitch when it matters, contributing to Grand Final and Challenge Cup wins with first Bradford Northern, who eventually became the Bradford Bulls.

His career in the dugout didn’t start greatly, with a poor spell in charge of Harlequins RL, which saw the side continually suffer a loss of form in the second half of the season.

His tenure at Leeds though has been nothing but a success. His first season in charge in 2011 saw him claim the Super League title, and reach a Challenge Cup final.

The Rhinos replicated that feat the following season, but added a World Club Challenge in there for good measure.

Without a Super League win now in two years, McDermott will be hungry for more, and with a win percentage of 64% during his time at Headingley, few are better placed for a league revival.

Star Man: Kevin Sinfield

With nicknames such as “Sir Kev”, “King Kev” and “Captain Fantastic” it is quite obvious that the 34-year-old is held in pretty high regards at Headingley.

A real one-club-man, making nearly 500 appearances for the Rhinos, he has led them to all six of their Super League triumphs, twice picking up the Harry Sunderland Trophy for Man of the Match.

Pin-pointedly accurate with the boot, the stand-off holds the record for most points kicked in the competition, putting over 1454 goals, and 28 drop-goals.

Not just a one-trick pony though, Sinfield is more than capable of popping up with a try of his own, and has touched down over the whitewash 83 times for his club.

This is the moment Sinfield broke the record to become Rhinos’ all-time leading points scorer…

Super League Grand Final odds9/2

Ladbrokes Challenge Cup odds: 5/1

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing

Can Sinfield lead the Rhinos to Super League triumph again? Back them using your free £25 bet and pick up £112.50 if they go all the way!

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Ben Stones

Ladbrokes News’ equine expert, Ben likes nothing more than studying the form to pick out a winner or two for our readers. A Journalism and Media Studies graduate from the University of Winchester, Ben has previously written for a number of football and racing blogs and websites, as well as contributing to the sports pages of his home-town newspaper.