Kevin Sinfield rues missed chances after Leeds Rhinos' defeat to Melbourne Storm
Leeds captain Kevin Sinfield blamed wasted opportunities for his side's defeat to the Melbourne Storm.
Last Updated: 01/03/13 11:20am
The Australian team, who beat Leeds three years earlier in the annual showpiece, claimed an 18-14 victory at Headingley after tries from second-row Tohu Harris, full-back Billy Slater and prop Jesse Bromwich.
Leeds fought hard in front of their home fans, with Ryan Hall and later Jamie Jones-Buchanan crossing to reduce the deficit but the Storm held on.
And while Sinfield was proud of his players, he was frustrated with their inability to take their chances when they had good possession close to the Storm line.
"We had our chances but we could not prise them open in the end," he told Sky Sports. "It is one of those things.
"The guys emptied their tanks and gave everything so I am really proud and pleased to play alongside every one of them. But tonight we just were not good enough in that final 20 - we just could not open them up.
"The two tries after half time hurt us quite a bit and meant we were chasing the game but I think the score should have settled us down a bit more. But it did not. We were a little bit erratic. We had plenty of chances but just could not open them up. We're really disappointed.
"They are a great team. We have come up against some really good sides throughout Super League. They are right up there.
"They are one of the best sides we've faced. But we were in with a shout and unfortunately the best team won today."