Records not Sinfield’s reason for playing rugby

Leeds star Kevin Sinfield has reacted modestly to the news that he has moved into fourth place in rugby league’s all-time list of points scorers.

The 34-year-old’s third goal in the Rhinos’ win at Hull FC last week saw him move up the ranking ahead of John Woods, the former Leigh Centurions, Warrington Wolves, Bradford Bulls and Rochdale Hornets stand-off.

But Sinfield is not one to boast about such an impressive achievement.

“The most important thing was to get the two points,” said Sinfield.

“Records and everything that comes with them are probably for when you finish your career.

“Some of the names on the list are some of the greats of the game and it’s very humbling.

“I don’t know when it will sink in to be honest. I’m really fortunate just to be playing.

Woods, who scored 2,492 of his 3,985 career points playing for Leigh, was quick to offer congratulations to the former England international.

“Kevin is an exceptionally talented and durable player who is still playing to a high level of performance week in, week out,” he said.

“He has had an exceptional career and he can be rightly proud of his achievements, both personally and as part of the team.

“Like me, he has borne the responsibility of being goal-kicker throughout his career and, if you play a long time, the points stack up without you really noticing.

“I never bothered about personal records as I was a team player and I can see those qualities in Kevin. I suspect that though he will be aware of the milestone it won’t really sink in, or have any significance until he retires and looks back on his career.

“I hope that day is a long time off as you are a long time retired and Kevin still has much to offer the game and the Leeds club.

“I’d like to congratulate him and wish him well.”

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