Leeds Rhinos Chief Executive Gary Hetherington claims the Rhinos are set for their toughest ever assignment this Sunday when they take on NRL Champions Melbourne Storm at Elland Road in the Gillette World Club Challenge, kick off 6.30pm.
Hetherington will be hoping his side can emulate their achievements from two years ago when they beat Melbourne at the same venue to claim the world crown for only the second time in the club’s history however he concedes that they will face an even tougher challenge in 2010.
The Chief Executive commented, “This past six years has seen some memorable games and famous wins for the Rhinos but this Sunday’s game against the Melbourne Storm represents our biggest ever challenge.
“Melbourne are without doubt the best team in the Southern Hemisphere and have been for the past four years, appearing in every Grand Final, a feat matched only by the legendary St George team of the 1960s.
“They are stronger than in 2008 and I reckon this is the best team we have ever played against.
“On the other hand, this is the best ever Rhinos team and, despite our faltering start in the early games, we have never had so much talent and hunger for success.
“It promises to be a great contest and one of those occasions you were glad to have been at.
“The City of Leeds are behind the Rhinos and I hope all Rugby League fans are too, because this is England v Australia, Super League v NRL and the one and only chance we have to silence the Aussies on these shores this year,” added Hetherington.