McClennan singles out Sinfield
Leeds coach pays tribute to his inspirational goal-kicking captain
Last Updated: 14/03/09 1:45am
Sinfield: Strong display
Brian McClennan singled out Leeds captain Kevin Sinfield for special praise following the Rhinos' 34-10 victory over Wigan on Friday night.
"He's an outstanding leader and an outstanding player. He's the best captain the club has ever had and we treasure what he does for us."
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The champions ran in six tries at Headingley en route to a fifth successive victory that maintains their perfect start to Super League XIV.
Kylie Leuluai, Rob Burrow, Scott Donald and Ryan Hall ran in the first four as McClennan's side raced into an early 22-0 lead inside the first half hour.
"It was a really good effort led superbly by Kevin Sinfield, who is in outstanding form at the moment," said McClennan.
"He's an outstanding leader and an outstanding player. He's the best captain the club has ever had and we treasure what he does for us.
"Forty-twenties can really turn a game. A team gets excited by the play and, whenever a team gets one, they nearly always get a good attacking set off the back of it.
"I'm really pleased with the way they applied themselves. I thought we played pretty well and our defence was very good."
Winger Shaun Ainscough's try at the end of the half hinted the Warriors might be capable of a fightback, before Hall and Peacock scores took the game away from the visitors.
Gareth Hock did manage to touch down a consolation try in the dying minutes, but it was scant consolation to Brian Noble after seeing two tries ruled out by video referee Phil Bentham at a pivotal time after the restart .
"I thought our effort and vigour in the first 15 minutes of the second-half was a whole lot better but we certainly paid the price for a poor start," said Noble.
"For the first 15 minutes we didn't touch the ball and a couple of 40-20s got us. We had one set in their half and scored.
"We weren't going to get a call tonight but we didn't help ourselves. It was one of those nights when everything went against us."