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Derek Beaumont reacts to Leigh Leopards defeat to Leeds Rhinos

Leigh Leopards were defeated by an inspired Leeds Rhinos side 18-10 at Headingley as fans gathered to celebrate the life of Rob Burrow, including Leopards owner Derek Beaumont.

Derek Beaumont was one of 17,535 in attendance as Headingley was bouncing for an emotional evening that began with a near-hour-long tribute and celebration of Rob Burrow’s life following his passing almost three weeks ago.

Burrow lost his battle with MND on June 2nd and today marked the first home game for Leeds since that date whilst poetically coinciding with Global MND Awareness Day, a cause incredibly close to the heart of Rob Burrow.

The Sky Sports team, the fans, Leigh Leopards and of course, Leeds Rhinos put on an amazing show of respect and love for Burrow with those tributes almost superseding the importance of the match.

That said, there was a winner and a loser and losing owner Derek Beaumont has now reacted to the game.

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Derek Beaumont pays emotional tribute to Rob Burrow

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Brodie Croft played like a man possessed as he inspired the Rhinos to the victory with his first-half brace setting the tone and despite Leigh pulling it back from 18-0 to 18-10, it was always meant to be Leeds Rhinos and Rob Burrow’s night.

That’s something Derek Beaumont explained as he took to social media after the game to react to the event and the celebrations as well as the game.

Beaumont posted: “Well played @leedsrhinos a fully deserved win the way you galvanised as a team on and off the field was never going to be beaten on a night that was a privilege to have been a part of! #7RobBurrow would have been super proud of that effort it had his courage and conviction all over it.”

The loss leaves Leigh Leopards in a very difficult situation with the club looking needing nine wins from 13 to make the top six, an incredibly daunting proposition. As for Leeds Rhinos, they return level on points with Catalans Dragons but remain behind the French side on points difference.

It had been revealed earlier today that the bookmakers had Leigh as the favourites from the chasing pack to make the top six but those odds will have certainly grown now following the defeat to rivals Leeds.

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