KEVIN SINFIELD lifted Rugby League’s Challenge Cup for the second time in 12 months after Leeds Rhino’s defeated Hull Kingston Rovers at Wembley.
And it was an extra special day for 34-year-old Kevin whose illustrious RL career is drawing to a close as he switches rugby codes later this year.
After losing in five Challenge Cup finals, Kevin has now picked up winners’ medals in the last two finals.
He said: “It shows that perseverance pays off and you get rewards for working hard.
“Last year was special as it was my first win, and something of a relief after losing five finals.
“This time when we went 22-0 ahead early in the second half, we knew the game was done so could enjoy the last 30 minutes.
“It was also nice for all my family as it was my last Challenge Cup final.”
Kevin, who lives in Grotton, added his final appearance at Wembley was memorable given the 50-0 win was a record scoreline in a final and Tom Briscoe’s five tries was also a record.
He said: “When you look at the scoreline, it suggests it was easy which was far from the case.
“We were all pretty sore on the Sunday and knew we had been in a battle.”
Kevin was also praised for his sportsmanship in Rhino’s moment of triumph.
He said: “I know how tough it is to lose so I really feel for Hull KR.
“I’ve lost five finals before winning last year so I know how they must be feeling.”
Kevin added that he and his Rhino’s team mates won’t be easing up between now and the end of the season as they hope the Challenge Cup is the first part of a treble as they look to add the league winners’ shield and Grand Final.
“I am not ready to reflect on the season and my career just yet. There are still five or six games in front of us and a lot to play for,” he said.