The dream team...Leeds Rhinos must be honoured at BBC Sports Personality of Year

Kevin Sinfield holds aloft the trophy.
Kevin Sinfield holds aloft the trophy.
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IF LEEDS Rhinos do not win the team title at the forthcoming BBC Sports Personality of the Year jamboree, it will be an insult to both the club and sport of rugby league.

For, while teams from the Celtic nations have performed with valour to qualify for football’s European Championships or the knockout stages of rugby union’s World Cup, Brian McDermott’s side was completing the treble by adding Super League Grand Final to the Challenge Cup and League Leader’s Shield.

A fitting farewell for retiring legends Kevin Sinfield, Jamie Peacock and Kylie Leuluai, this was a victory built on talent, toughness and tenacity as the Rhinos summoned willpower from hidden depths of reserves to get over the winning line and silence those who thought, erroneously, this was a game too far at the end of a gruelling campaign.

It is this warrior-like spirit, in a fast and furious sport, which underpinned one of the greatest-ever team accomplishments in the history of Yorkshire sport, and why the endeavour of this side now deserves national recognition – this was the ultimate show of strength by Yorkshire’s very own ‘dream team’.