Sinfield set for final fling
Kevin Sinfield is hoping England can follow in Leeds' footsteps and upset the odds to win Saturday's Four Nations final.
Last Updated: 16/11/11 3:03pm
Kevin Sinfield is hoping England can follow in Leeds' footsteps and upset the odds to win the Four Nations final.
Rhinos skipper Sinfield led his club side on a late-season surge that saw them claim the Super League title after finishing the regular season in fifth place.
Their stunning run saw them win away at Huddersfield and minor premiers Warrington in the play-offs, before they toppled favourites St Helens 32-16 in the Grand Final at Old Trafford.
Sinfield now wants England to follow suit and finish with a flourish when they take on the Kangaroos at Elland Road, live on Sky Sports.
"There are some similarities," he said. "I'm really proud to be part of this group.
"There's a great team mentality and, in that respect, it's very much like Leeds and hopefully we can have a similar finish."
Sinfield was in the side that lost 46-16 to the same opponents in the 2009 final but believes the current England team are better prepared this time.
"They obviously blew us away in the last 20 minutes but for the opening 60 we were well in the fight," he said.
"We had to learn a lesson that day and we learned it the hard way. We have to play for the 80 and certainly it's something we'll talk about this week."
Australia triumphed 36-20 at Wembley in the group stages of the competition, though Sinfield is hoping a bumper crowd can roar the hosts on to cause an upset.
The Rugby Football League is expected to confirm a full house for the final after ticket sales moved past 30,000.
"There were some areas we certainly troubled them in at Wembley and they will have looked at the tape to try to fix them up," Sinfield added.
"We just need to roll our sleeves up. We'll work hard again and improve and we'll have a massive English crowd behind us at Elland Road."