A lot of people have said, correctly, that Sinfield didn't make the Dream Team.
But that is determined by the way the Dream Team is selected, and by the fact that Sinfield qualifies theoretically for two positions.
If the voters were asked to vote on a captain first of all, before picking the other 12 members of the Dream Team, then Kevin Sinfield would, I'm sure, have been the first player selected every year for the past ten years.
Cameron Smith is also a great player, who shares many qualities, as a captain and as a player, with Sinfield.
But this season the sum of Sinfield's parts just shaded the other candidates.
You have said its for the WHOLE season. But Sinfield was average at best for the early part of the year through till August. He only started to come good after. Many Leeds fans were saying Sinfield looked slow and needed a rest around July time if you look on their fan forum. Sinfield was average at Wembley in the cup. He finished like Leeds on fire and rightly deserves the accolades for that. But there is no way Sinfield can be called to have a great season from start to finish like Smith or even Cronk did. You look at Smith and Cronk and virtually every game they played they was playing top rugby. Thats why Melbourne finished second. It was only the Origin Series that saw Melbourne Struggle usually when Smith, Cronk and Slater was not there or were backing up and looked jaded. Cam Smith and Cronk were consistant and at a much higher standard than SInfield was throughout the WHOLE season. The reasons you have stated why Sinfield was better than Smith for me, just look weak. It looks more like you wanted Sinfield to win the award, more from what he has achieved over many seasons rather than this one.