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Leeds Rhinos toasting victory at Leeds Arena

Thousands of fans have packed into the First Direct Arena in Leeds to celebrate Leeds Rhinos winning the treble and to say farewell to outgoing stars Kevin Sinfield, Jamie Peacock and Kylie Leuluai players who are leaving the club this season.

Fans wait for the Rhinos to appear on stage Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Rhinos complete treble after tense Grand Final win over Wigan

Leeds Rhinos became only the second team from our region to win the treble after they edged out Wigan 22-20 in the Super League Grand Final.

Captain Kevin Sinfield, who was playing his last game for the club along with Jamie Peacock and Kylie Leuluai, kicked the winning conversion after Josh Walters scored the final try of the match.

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Thousands of Rhinos fans set off for 'sellout ' Grand Final

Thousands of Leeds Rhinos fans are on their way to Manchester to see if their side can win the treble by beating Wigan Warriors in the Super League Grand Final.

Leeds Rhinos celebrating after winning the League Leaders Shield Credit: Martin Rickett/PA Wire/Press Association Images

It will be the last game for Rhinos stalwarts Jamie Peacock, Kevin Sinfield and Kylie Leuluai. Leeds won the Challenge Cup in August after they thrashed Hull KR at Wembley. Brian McDermott's men also won the League Leaders Shield last month and are now aiming to be only the second side from our region to win all three trophies in one season.

It is expected to be the highest ever attendance for an Old Trafford Grand Final.

Rhinos hoping three is their magic number ahead of Grand Final clash

They say things come in threes and the Leeds Rhinos will be hoping that is the case this weekend as they go in search of a third major trophy in a matter of weeks.

The Rhinos will become only the third side in Super League history to win the treble if they beat Wigan in the Grand Final at Old Trafford.

Click below to watch Chris Dawkes' report on their strange relationship with the number three ahead of Saturday's showpiece final:

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Zak Hardaker wins Man of Steel award

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Leeds Rhinos' star Zak Hardaker has scooped the prestigious Steve Prescott Man of Steel award at tonight's Super League award ceremony.

The full-back beat fellow teammate Adam Cuthbertson and St Helens prop Alex Walmsley to the honour.

Rhinos take on Saints in Super League semi finals

Leeds Rhinos take on St Helens later this evening in the Super League playoff semi finals.

For three Rhinos stalwarts it will be an emotional evening as Kevin Sinfield, Jamie Peacock and Kylie Leulauai play at Headingley for the final time.

Sinfield is crossing codes to join Yorkshire Carnegie, Peacock is taking up a management role at Hull KR and Leuluai is retiring.

Leeds centre Kallum Watkins believes it will be a tough ask to get past the reigning champions.

Rhinos clinch League Leaders Shield with last minute try

Leeds snatched a remarkable victory amid unbelievable tension to lift the league leaders' shield on a night of high drama in Super League.

The Rhinos were heading for a fourth straight defeat - and an away semi-final - after Huddersfield established a 16-8 lead but they stormed back with 12 points in the last seven minutes to claim an unlikely 20-16 victory.

Right winger Tom Briscoe, Leeds' five-try hero at Wembley, handed his side a lifeline with a 74th-minute score while left winger Ryan Hall grabbed the winner in the last move of an epic game.

It means the Rhinos, two-thirds of the way towards completing the treble, will host St Helens in the second semi-final next Friday while Wigan, who lost out in the battle for top spot despite a 47-12 win over Castleford, play Huddersfield at the DW Stadium on Thursday.

The John Smith's Stadium was no place for the faint-hearted as scores flashed over from the DW Stadium and the helicopter based at the City Airport on the outskirts of Manchester began to hover between the two destinations with the prized trophy.

Points were at a premium throughout a close-fought first half but there was no shortage of excitement, with Huddersfield demonstrating just why they have the best defence in Super League.

Leeds drew first blood after nine minutes when second rower Stevie Ward collected skipper Kevin Sinfield's pass to glide through a rare hole in the home defence to touch down.

But when Hall fumbled the ball into touch from the re-start, it gifted the Giants a perfect attacking position and they made the most of it, with prolific right winger Jermaine McGillvary diving over at the corner for his 27th try of the season.

The score maintained McGillvary's record of scoring in all seven rounds of the Super 8s and virtually guarantees he finishes the season as Super League's leading tryscorer.

Danny Brough's touchline conversion levelled the scores but Sinfield edged his side into an 8-6 interval lead with a 40-metre penalty.

The Rhinos fans must have felt the trophy slipping from their grasp five minutes into the second half when full-back Zak Hardaker fumbled the ball from Hall's risky pass near his own line and Huddersfield hooker Luke Robinson hacked on to the line and appeared to ground the ball.

However, slow-motion replays revealed Robinson lost control of the ball and Leeds breathed a huge sigh of relief.

Brough brought his side level with a penalty on 48 minutes and they twice split the visitors defence through Brett Ferres and Joe Wardle without managing to apply the finishing touches.

At the other end, Danny McGuire had a try disallowed for an obstruction and Hardaker was held up on his back over the line.

At one point Sinfield was shaping for a drop goal but he was quickly shut down and McGillvary got the Giants on a counter-attack which produced what looked to be the pivotal score.

Second rower Jack Hughes, who is on loan from Wigan, gathered the ball from Brough's high kick and combined with centre Leroy Cudjoe to get scrum-half Jamie Ellis sprinting over for a try.

Brough landed his second conversion and shortly afterwards kicked a second penalty to open up an eight-point lead but the drama continued as Briscoe went over on 74 minutes for his side's second try.

Sinfield's touchline conversion cut the gap to just two points and levelled the scores for a third time with a penalty before Hall collected McGuire's kick over the Huddersfield defence to sprint away for the match-winning try.

Rhinos duo shortlisted for Prescott Man of Steel award

Leeds Rhinos duo Zak Hardaker and Adam Cuthbertson have been shortlisted for the 2015 Steve Prescott Man of Steel award.

Zak Hardaker has been shortlisted for the 2015 Man of Steel award Credit: Press Association

England full-back Hardaker, 24, has enjoyed his most impressive season with Leeds, where he has been one of the most consistent players in the competition, delivering a succession of high quality performances in both attack and defence.

Adam Cuthbertson makes up part of the three man shortlist Credit: Press Association

Cuthbertson has had a hugely successful first season in Super League since joining Leeds at the turn of the year from Australian club Newcastle Knights. Playing at prop and loose forward, the 30-year-old has been a key member of the Rhinos pack during a summer which has seen them win the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup and go within one win of lifting the League Leaders’ Shield.

St Helens' prop Alex Walmsley completes the three man shortlist.

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