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Sinfield - The stuff of dreams
Hall gives credit to the backroom staff
Leeds captain Kevin Sinfield paid tribute to the Rhinos' character after they beat Manly 26-12 in the World Cub Challenge.
The Super League champions were on the back foot for almost the entire second half of an enthralling contest at Headingley, before two late tries finally put the game to bed.
Sinfield - playing in his 16th major final for Leeds - told Sky Sports: "We knew it was going to be a battle. We've had two really tough games in Super League already and those stood us in good stead tonight.
"In the second half against the wind we had to weather the storm a little bit, but there's some character in our guys and you know in big games they're going to show up.
"To be able to pick up a trophy at your own ground in front of twenty-odd thousand is stuff that you dream of."
The Rhinos outscored Manly by five tries to two to clinch their third world crown in eight years and end a run of three consecutive wins in the competition by Australian sides.
England winger Ryan Hall scored two first-half tries, one of them a 90-metre inteception score and the other from a pinpoint crossfield kick by Sinfield.
The England winger said: "We had a bit of a game plan, a few things to work on," Hall said.
"Luckily a couple of them worked so it was great. It was good work from the backroom staff to come up with them."