Rob Burrow seems to have fully achieved his potential in Superleague XI and endeared himself in the hearts of the SouthStand faithful.|
Since making his debut in the home loss to Hull FC in april 2001, Rob has done it the hard way to get himself established as the lynchpin of the Rhinos side. Early performances thrilled the Headingley crowds, but there was always a nagging concern about the capability of a 5ft 5in (official if somewhat dubious statistics) player making it at the highest grade. In his first few games I was convinced that we'd see the last of wee Robbie as he was carried off on a stretcher, but he's shown over the past five years that he is built of pretty indestructable stuff.
Last weeks win over the Harlequins was Robs 150th competitive Rhinos match and saw him score his 494th point. In his Leeds careere he has scored 77 tries and kicked 93 goals as understudy to Kevin Sinfield. An average of a try in every other game is no mean feat and goes to show what a handful he is.
Recognised at all levels with Yorkshire, Engand A, England U21 and a single GB substitute appearance, Rob must fancy his chances of being on the plane down-under in the autumn as first choice scrum half. He'll certainly cause the Aussies some problems.
Now you know he has the resilience of a 'Tonka Toy' and you don't wince every time he goes into the tackle, or gets smacked around the head, you can enjoy his terrier like style of play. I would guess that he is close to the top of most opponents 'least like to play againt' list as he slips out of tackles, ducks under the big blokes, and has a step to match his low centre of gravity.
In the competition for Player of the Season, Rob is five points clear of second placed Richie Mathers, fifteen points clear of half-back partner Danny McGuire, and twenty-six points clear of last years winner, Kevin Sinfield. With another Man-of-the-Match performance against the 'Quins last weekend, his lead looks like being extended and it would be a brave man who bets against him taking the trophy this year.