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Time to Support Sinny
Posted by southstander on January 11 2008 - 12:09:55

Big Day

A traditional Sunday afternoon plays host to a fixture from the past, for the benefit of the captain of todays, future!

Kevin Sinfield gets his Testimonial game against his home town club Oldham, the first time we've played against an Oldham side at Headingley in over ten years.

Whatever your views on the competitiveness of the game, it would be nice to think that as many of us as possible can get to Headingley to lend their support to Kev on his biggest day.

We preview the game here...

When the Rhinos youngsters travelled to Boundary park in January 2006 for Barrie McDermotts Testimonial game just over 3,000 turned out to see Leeds lose by 16 - 6. Keith Senior fared a little better last year when 5,681 saw Leeds defeat Huddersfield Giants by 50-00. It would be good to think that the draw of seeing the Grand Final winning side back together for the first time since last October, and under new coach Brian McClennan for the first time, would draw in a crowd of closer to 10,000.

The last competitive games against an Oldham side, then the Oldham Bears, was back in Superleague II in 1997. We won all three games that season which played a part in Oldhams relegation out of the top flight. Sinfield did debut in that 1997 season but only had two substitute appearances.

A traditional sunday afternoon kick-off will please the purists, and if rumours are to be believed then McClennan gave all the Grand Final players the option to play, and they all pledged their support to Sinny. The game should, in all honesty, be a Rhinos exhibition but the Oldham side will be looking to gauge their pre-season readiness against the best side in the country.

Three Rhinos who'll figure;


Pocket Rocket

JP

The Skipper

Sadly the forecast is for rain, but hopefully it won't keep too many away.

Southstander.com Prediction
Rhinos 48 06 Oldham

I'm quite looking forward to the game. Nothing too strenuous for the lads as a first run-out and our only chance of seeing the full side ahead of the all-ticket season opener against Hull KR. The game in America is likely to also be full strength, but the game against York will inevitably be the kids again.

If it does all go badly wrong in terms of a result, it doesn't really matter. The main aim is to raise money for Kevs Testimial, in recognition of his service and loyalty.

See you there.

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