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Rhinos TV: Ryan Hall, Brian McDermott & Kevin Sinfield

Leeds Rhinos Head Coach Brian McDermott echoed the words of his skipper Kevin Sinfield in the post match press conference when he praised a complete team effort from his squad to reclaim the World title.
Rhinos TV: Ryan Hall, Brian McDermott & Kevin Sinfield
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Leeds Rhinos Head Coach Brian McDermott echoed the words of his skipper Kevin Sinfield in the post match press conference when he praised a complete team effort from his squad to reclaim the World title.

The Super League champions gained a thrilling 26-12 victory over Manly Sea Eagles at Headingley Carnegie to lift the title for the third time in eight years and end a run of three straight victories by Australian clubs.

McDermott, who became the first man to win a World Club Challenge as both a player and coach, admitted he thought his side were heading for defeat when Manly, trailing 16-6 at the break, piled on the pressure in the second half.

"I feel very proud and very humble," said McDermott, who was in the Bradford side that beat Newcastle Knights in 2002. "I'll get a bit excited when nobody is watching.

"It's still sinking in to be honest. We did it the tough way and I don't think we'd want it any other way. It was an old-fashioned game of rugby league.

"We looked scruffy at times but we were brave and courageous. There was a period in the second half when we were gone.

"(Ryan) Bailey got a crack on his head, Jonesy (Jamie Jones-Buchanan) did his knee and neither could go back so we had two players left for the whole of the second half.

"I wouldn't say we were at our most vintage offensively, but you deserve to win World Club Challenges when you defend like that. It came down to how much the fellas were prepared to bend their backs."

Rhino TV - Ryan Hall, Brian McDermott & Kevin Sinfield


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