Kevin Sinfield wins rugby league 2012 Golden Boot
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Leeds Rhinos and England captain Kevin Sinfield has won the 2012 Golden Boot, the annual award for the world's best rugby league player.
The 32-year-old Lancastrian is only the fourth English player to win the award.
He beat Wigan full-back Sam Tomkins and Australians Cameron Smith, Ben Barba, Cooper Cronk and Nate Myles to lift the prize.
The previous English winners are Ellery Hanley (1988), Garry Schofield (1990) and Andy Farrell (2004).
Sinfield led the Rhinos to World Club Challenge success against Australian champions Manly Sea Eagles, and a sixth Super League title in nine years, collecting the Harry Sunderland Trophy as man of the match in the Old Trafford Grand Final.
He also captained the Rhinos to the Challenge Cup final at Wembley and led England to victory against France and Wales in the Autumn International Series.
John Drake, editor of Rugby League World magazine, which makes the award, said: "The British game can and does still produce individuals of world-class ability. Kevin Sinfield is one such player and it is right that his towering achievements in 2012 should be recognised with the Golden Boot."
Martyn Sadler, chairman of League Publications Ltd, said: "Kevin can't move as quickly as Ben Barba, or with the elusiveness of Sam Tomkins, while Cameron Smith's ability close to the ruck is surely second to none.
"But Sinfield is a supreme captain, and only Cameron Smith can rival his leadership, while Sinfield's goal-kicking success rate in 2012 was 82.84%, compared to 69.64% for Smith.
"In the Super League Grand Final Sinfield kicked five out of five, from all over the pitch, and that after he had been knocked out earlier by a challenge to the head. What he did in that game goes beyond what could reasonably be expected, even of a Golden Boot winner."
Sour grapes all round and utter nonsense from the negative posts.
Sinfield is a great captain and sharp rugby mind who can kick under intense pressure and knows how to win (most) big games.
Deserved. Anyone who says otherwise smells of poo.
There is more to being the best player than just the action on the field of play. Please nominate a better sportsman in 2012, and shudder at the thought of the conduct of those big babies playing with the round ball.
This is the reason he shouldn't have won it. Golden Boot is given to the player who has been best that season. Not the seasons previous. Leading Leeds to 5th in the table proves just how inconsistent he is. Playing well for 5 games does not make a season.
Sinfield is a great player , but he's not the best player. Being captain of a successful team and being respected doesn't make you the best player. Being the best player does.
Don't think I don't know the game because I don't agree with you.
Sinfield deserves this, he's a pivotal player for Leeds and England. I don't praise Leeds much as a Bradford fan, but he is certainly a worth winner.
Plus this is about the influence a player has on his team and sport as a whole not just who shines most with flash rugby. If that was the case Farrell would not have deserved it, but clearly he did.
Give the lad the credit he is due.
Leeds Player of the year - no (Ryan Hall)
SL Dream Team 6 or 13 - no (Finch and O'Loughlin)
Man of Steel - No (not even shortlisted)
World XIII 6 or 13 - No (Thurston and Gallen)
Golden Boot - best player in the world - Yes
Cameron Smith got into the NRL dream team and made it into the world XIII.
i a wigan fan, and yes i would rather have tomkins win it, but i think sinfield has been brilliant for leeds, brilliant leader...
aussies just need to suck it up