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And the Winner of the Golden Boot is...

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this award sums up rugby fans on both side of the world

aussie's - its a joke, our players were robbed but we don't care about the award (cause we didn't win), etc

english - all the aussie's are clearly better, sinny is just a club man and plays in the poor super league, etc

as for the real truth if sinfield was an aussie no one would question this award (and he'd of likely won it years ago).

p.s.

if anyone bothers to do any research you'll see that sinfield is 6th on the cvg rating for internationals since 2008, not bad for a man who is average at international level according to most.

http://www.news.com.au/sport/nrl/australian-centre-greg-inglis-tops-the-international-player-rankings/story-fndujljl-1226494737540

This'll help put more fuel on the burning fire

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I'm with those who think Sinfield is a great club captain but not the best player in the world. I'm not surprised he won it though because the journos over here have been pushing him all season, especially when he didn't win the man of steel.

I do like Sinfield's response to Aussie criticism here though: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/rugby-league/20914087

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Good response from Sinfield and very appropriate.

The award has been devalued really with this. KS is a good club player but falls short in Internationals against quality opposition.

Timing of this is interesting too, the one year we don't face the Aussies or Kiwis KS is awarded the trophy.

Wasn't the best player at Leeds in 2012, Ryan Hall won their player of the year award.

Not nominated for MOS either so how come he can be the best in the world?

It will be interesting to see who wins it next year after the World Cup.

Mention is made there of Andy Farrell winning it in 2004.

A few days later the Aussies played GB at Ellend Rd and the Green and Golds were 44-0 or so up at half time, Darren Lockyer proved who was the best player in the world 2004 that night.

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This all depends on what we take 'World's best player' to mean. If it's about spectacular skills of evasion or breathtaking handling then Sinfield clearly isn't it but nor is Cameron Smith. However, this would count out almost any forward from ever winning it, which I object to. Cannot the award go to a player who's consistency over the season and particularly in important games led to massive achievement for his club ( and country)? Sinfield's performances in those 4 play off games were simply awesome. Which of us thought Leeds could do it? Again? And from fifth place (again). Incredible. Fully deserved. Well done Kevin.

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Congratulations Kevin, it's just a shame it isn't an award for his services to the game and club successes which are undoubted. However the 'best player in the world' tag leaves us open to ridicule in the same way that Farrell was in 2004. A great leader of a great team, but far from the best individual player at his own club, never mind England, SL or the world.

Its all about opinion and this is mine those individuals in this Leeds team would not stand out so much without Sinfield

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This all depends on what we take 'World's best player' to mean. If it's about spectacular skills of evasion or breathtaking handling then Sinfield clearly isn't it but nor is Cameron Smith. However, this would count out almost any forward from ever winning it, which I object to. Cannot the award go to a player who's consistency over the season and particularly in important games led to massive achievement for his club ( and country)? Sinfield's performances in those 4 play off games were simply awesome. Which of us thought Leeds could do it? Again? And from fifth place (again). Incredible. Fully deserved. Well done Kevin.

spot on......

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This all depends on what we take 'World's best player' to mean. If it's about spectacular skills of evasion or breathtaking handling then Sinfield clearly isn't it but nor is Cameron Smith.

That's a very fair point.

It is curious how so many of those critical of this selection would have plumped for Cameron Smith instead - a superbly accomplished all-round footballer who does most things to a high standard but, rather like Sinfield, short of genius and a player perhaps better appreciated by those who acknowledge things other than "spectacular skills of evasion" or "breathtaking handling."

The main difference that I can detect between Smith and Sinfield is that, while both appear modest and charming off the field, the latter plays without that hint of smugness that some can see in the on-field play of the former.

Purely in terms of their athletic prowess and the range of their skills, Smith and Sinfield appear to me to be rather similar.

Having said all of that, I'd still rather have either Sam Burgess or Sam Tomkins as my England captain...

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By nationality

Australia - 15 wins

England - 4 wins

New Zealand - 3 wins

By position

Five-Eighth or Stand-Off - 7 wins

Halfback or Scrum-Half - 6 wins

Fullback - 4 wins

Centre - 2 wins

Hooker - 1 win

Lock or Loose Forward - 1 win

Second Row - 1 win

Prop or Front Row - 0 wins

Wing - 0 wins

Found this hope it copies and pastes......interesting.

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That's a very fair point.

It is curious how so many of those critical of this selection would have plumped for Cameron Smith instead - a superbly accomplished all-round footballer who does most things to a high standard but, rather like Sinfield, short of genius and a player perhaps better appreciated by those who acknowledge things other than "spectacular skills of evasion" or "breathtaking handling."

The main difference that I can detect between Smith and Sinfield is that, while both appear modest and charming off the field, the latter plays without that hint of smugness that some can see in the on-field play of the former.

Purely in terms of their athletic prowess and the range of their skills, Smith and Sinfield appear to me to be rather similar.

A month ago i got jumped on for suggesting that sinfield is to leeds & SL is exactly what cam smith is to melbourne & NRL

both tick practically the same boxes imo

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hahahahahahahahahhahahahahahahahhahahahahahahahahaaaa

Thats the "World" laughing at some journeyman back rower getting the Golden Boot.

Journeyman?how do you define a Journeyman?

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Journeyman?how do you define a Journeyman?

Wembley on regular occasions and old Trafford on too many occasions.

Guess that's clocked up a few miles.

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Wembley on regular occasions and old Trafford on too many occasions.

Guess that's clocked up a few miles.

I would call a journeyman the kind of player Leeds united have been signing since 2005,or a Richard Mather's type player

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I would call a journeyman the kind of player Leeds united have been signing since 2005,or a Richard Mather's type player

I know, was being mischievous. :P

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That's a very fair point.

It is curious how so many of those critical of this selection would have plumped for Cameron Smith instead - a superbly accomplished all-round footballer who does most things to a high standard but, rather like Sinfield, short of genius and a player perhaps better appreciated by those who acknowledge things other than "spectacular skills of evasion" or "breathtaking handling."

The main difference that I can detect between Smith and Sinfield is that, while both appear modest and charming off the field, the latter plays without that hint of smugness that some can see in the on-field play of the former.

Purely in terms of their athletic prowess and the range of their skills, Smith and Sinfield appear to me to be rather similar.

Having said all of that, I'd still rather have either Sam Burgess or Sam Tomkins as my England captain...

There is a lot of differences between Smith and Sinfield. For starters if Smith sees a gap he'll be through it, he has an edge on Sinfield for pace and getting an easy ten or fifteen metres without breaking a sweat he makes it look so easy. Then there is the amount of tackles Smith gets through, he gets through a similar level to James Roby, and how many times do people go on about the work rate of James Roby. Smith was also exceptional throughout the whole season, Sinfield had around 6 or 7 games where he had a similar impact to Smith on his side and on the game, fortunately for Kevin they were on the biggest stage that our country has too offer.

I honestly can't find a reason why you'd choose Sinfield over Smith. Let's say the NRL and SL are of a similar standard, Sinfield still hasn't done anything that Smith hasn't whilst you cant say it vice versa.

I'm not being anti Leeds also or anti England either. The amount of times I've said Hall is a class above any winger in the world or how Tomkins can cut it with the Aussie big names is many.

The comparision between Gerrard and Sinfield of their respective sports is probably fair. Both exceptional sportsmen within their game, but arnt quite good enough to hack it with the worlds best consistently. Gerrard has never been close to the Messi's, Ronaldos, Iniestas, Xavis or even the Ronaldinhos and Zidanes when Gerrard was classed as in his prime. Similar situation when Sinfield hasn't been close to the Smiths, Slaters and Inglis' of our game and because they are the same nationallity people use that as an excuse to say people are being bias. When in reality they're just being realistic.

I'm not going to say Sinfield hasn't played well this season as he obviously has guiding his team to the top, but IMO I just don't think you can create an argument to say he's better than Smith. If people can then ill be more than happy too debate it.

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I know, was being mischievous. :P

I know what you meant Paul I was trying to get he insular man on tour to give his definition :D

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This all depends on what we take 'World's best player' to mean. If it's about spectacular skills of evasion or breathtaking handling then Sinfield clearly isn't it but nor is Cameron Smith. However, this would count out almost any forward from ever winning it, which I object to. Cannot the award go to a player who's consistency over the season and particularly in important games led to massive achievement for his club ( and country)? Sinfield's performances in those 4 play off games were simply awesome. Which of us thought Leeds could do it? Again? And from fifth place (again). Incredible. Fully deserved. Well done Kevin.

me, thankfully the bookers didn't tho :D

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There is a lot of differences between Smith and Sinfield. For starters if Smith sees a gap he'll be through it, he has an edge on Sinfield for pace and getting an easy ten or fifteen metres without breaking a sweat he makes it look so easy. Then there is the amount of tackles Smith gets through, he gets through a similar level to James Roby, and how many times do people go on about the work rate of James Roby. Smith was also exceptional throughout the whole season, Sinfield had around 6 or 7 games where he had a similar impact to Smith on his side and on the game, fortunately for Kevin they were on the biggest stage that our country has too offer.

I honestly can't find a reason why you'd choose Sinfield over Smith. Let's say the NRL and SL are of a similar standard, Sinfield still hasn't done anything that Smith hasn't whilst you cant say it vice versa.

I'm not being anti Leeds also or anti England either. The amount of times I've said Hall is a class above any winger in the world or how Tomkins can cut it with the Aussie big names is many.

The comparision between Gerrard and Sinfield of their respective sports is probably fair. Both exceptional sportsmen within their game, but arnt quite good enough to hack it with the worlds best consistently. Gerrard has never been close to the Messi's, Ronaldos, Iniestas, Xavis or even the Ronaldinhos and Zidanes when Gerrard was classed as in his prime. Similar situation when Sinfield hasn't been close to the Smiths, Slaters and Inglis' of our game and because they are the same nationallity people use that as an excuse to say people are being bias. When in reality they're just being realistic.

I'm not going to say Sinfield hasn't played well this season as he obviously has guiding his team to the top, but IMO I just don't think you can create an argument to say he's better than Smith. If people can then ill be more than happy too debate it.

That's a very good post.

There are two main points of difference that you have highlighted: In terms of speed, I'd be genuinely surprised if Smith had an edge over Sinfield - neither is explosive off-the-mark and neither has a great change of pace or great sustained pace; in terms of tackling work-rate, I think it is fair to say that a hooker is going to score far more highly than a stand-off/loose-forward/utility player. Do you not remember how often the Sky commentary team would laud Malcolm Alker's record-breaking defensive stints/stats for Salford - and yet few would mistake Alker as being either in Sinfield or Smith's class.

I wouldn't have been disappointed to see the award go to Smith - but I'm not offended by seeing it go to Sinfield either. I am however of the belief that Smith and Sinfield are not dissimilar either athletically or in terms of natural footballing skill. Neither is a Messi or a Ronaldo - that would be Tomkins or Barba or Slater or the great Greg Inglis or Benji Marshall or...

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I might not bother posting so much anymore - Dave just says everything right, all of the time.

Be careful, Ginger Jon will be after you.

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Mention is made there of Andy Farrell winning it in 2004.

A few days later the Aussies played GB at Ellend Rd and the Green and Golds were 44-0 or so up at half time, Darren Lockyer Russell Smith proved who was the best player in the world 2004 that night.

Without Russell's helpful penalty on Newton and ignoring fouls on Harris in the opening stages I reckon it would have been a lot closer.

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well done sir kev .

as i understand it then its for the outstanding acheivmments of 2012 that the golden boot is awarded so that would be

captain of a challenge cup final team

captain of the 2012 champions

captain of the unbeaten england team in 2012

captain of the world club champions 2012

leading goalkicker in world top tier rugby league 2012

leading points scorer in world top tier rugby league 2012

most drop goals in super league 2012

longest unbroken playing run in british rugby league

on top of that he been the most important player for the super league champions in 2012

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So he didn't just eat the hamster, he chewed it up, spat it out and rammed the bones down the throats of all his doubters

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So he didn't just eat the hamster, he chewed it up, spat it out and rammed the bones down the throats of all his doubters

certainly and i wouldnt even swop him for lee briers in his pomp

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I still don't think you can compare Sinfield's achievements with Cam Smith - captained Storm to the Premiership, led Queensland to another SOO win, led Australia in their wins ( although I'm not sure how many games they played!) - but I haven't seen SL this year so hard to judge

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If England were the number one team in the world and an Australian suddenly won it, I guarantee there would be plenty of Englishmen up in arms, just the way it works, every decision that is made is going to have a side that's for it and a side that's against it.

Northern Ireland were bad at soccer but still George Best was the best player in the world. He didn t have to be Brazilian to be the best so It is quite possible that an individual English RL player can be the best although the England national team are not.

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