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Last Updated: Wednesday, 2 February, 2005, 06:40 GMT
Rhinos ready to repel all-comers

Kevin Sinfield
Leeds Rhinos captain

I'd love to say 'yes' to all of you've who've asked me if Leeds can replicate Wigan's achievements of the Eighties and Nineties.

I'm not sure it's possible for any team to dominate the game as they did back then.

At the moment, the Rhinos are focusing on nothing more than Friday's Carnegie World Club Challenge against Canterbury.

We won't worry about any other competition until that one's out of the way.

What I will say is that our Grand Final success has given us even more self-belief.

We were the most consistent side last season - the league table showed that - but when we lost to Bradford in the play-offs many people thought we'd blown our chance again.

The players have been treated like royalty since our Grand Final victory
Kevin Sinfield

We got called chokers and our mental strength was constantly questioned.

When the pressure increased, we were expected to crumble.

But we proved the doubters wrong by beating the Bulls at Old Trafford.

Leeds have always been there to be shot at, but the bullets will be flying thick and fast in our direction this year.

The desire to beat us will be stronger than ever and we need to be prepared.

Our fans have - and continue to be - fantastic.

The players have been treated like royalty since our Grand Final victory and people have stopped me in the street to offer their congratulations.

To lead out the Super League champions each week will be a massive honour
Kevin Sinfield

I've ever had letters from as far afield as Canada. It's been very humbling.

It looks as though the supporters will turn out in bigger than ever numbers this year.

We've sold a record amount of season tickets and it's possible we've won over a few neutrals.

I can't wait for the season to start. I wanted to get going again straight after we won the title, that's how good I felt.

Sadly, I wasn't picked for the Tri-Nations Series but missing out has given me a lot of motivation.

And to lead out the reigning Super League champions each week will be a massive honour.




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