Burrow hails Rhinos spirit

09 October 2017 20:05:10 GMTPlus11

Retiring Leeds Rhinos half-back Rob Burrow has hailed the fighting spirit of the side, after they put a disastrous 2016 campaign behind them to be named Super League champions a year later.

The Rhinos were comfortable winners over Castleford Tigers in the Grand Final on Saturday, and have now won eight times at Old Trafford since their first Super League title in 2004.

There's a sort of feeling of invincibility with this team. It's not arrogance, just belief in ourselves.

Rob Burrow

Burrow and his side overcame a slow start to the 2017 season to finish in the top four, and beat Hull FC in the semi-finals, before overcoming an out-of-sorts Tiger side on Saturday.

"You could look at some stages of the year and think Leeds have gone and are going to the Middle Eights again. We took a lot of positives out of last year after what had been a real negative experience for the squad," said Burrow, who will retire from the game, after having made his debut for Leeds in 2001.

"We were determined right back in pre-season camp in North Yorkshire in the middle of winter. We stated things that we wanted to achieve and stuck to that. There's a sort of feeling of invincibility with this team. It's not arrogance, just belief in ourselves."

The Tigers lost key player Zak Hardaker during the week, following an undisclosed breach of club rules, and they were unable to recover from the setback against their West Yorkshire rivals.

"It's not really sunk in yet," admitted Burrow.

"We were big underdogs coming in. Cas were big favourites. But to perform that well against such a good side is special. We were determined to finish strong and I think we'd been building towards that."

Leeds are 11/2 to retain the title in 2018, while Castleford are priced at 4/1 and Wigan Warriors are 7/2.

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