Posted 07 October 2012 - 04:52 PM
I have repeated this so often that it has become dreary but, Kevin Sinfield is a tremendous individual on the rugby field in the SUPER LEAGUE and within the Leeds team and its set-up.
However he does not convey this presence when engaging against the best from the Southern Hemisphere, in my opinion the reason for this is that his is not the style of play that worries those players from down under, as they play in a different manner defensively, are more often than not better organised in that manner and quicker to amend patterns and annul oppositions. That comment is also mainly directed at those from OZ, when in their national sides attire.
I would love to witness and see Sinfield do the same to those teams in an England shirt and would praise him immensley should he accomplish that, but he is to some extent stereotyped and the S/H international sides find his style of operating relatively easy to combat. Not so in S/L, for within that sphere he is certainly supreme amongst all his fellow pro's.
I would have to go for him over Farrell as a leader but not when not in an individual context on the field, such as scoring tries when his side is under the cosh, this upon a regular basis.
Sculthorpe was simply a better all round individual with strength and vigour over and above that of Sinfield, whether he also was a better captain of his side, even in the S/L is a more debatable issue, but outside of S/L and onto the rep stage, then Both Sculthorpe and Farrell were the more inspirational and effective in their leadership roles.
PS Not being churlish but, as good as Sinfield was and may I add : I can find nothing to deny KS the MOM award either; for me the most influential player for Leeds, who threatened to causer the most damage to Warrington, was Rob Burrow, just an opinion but it is mine.