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Leigh Leopards fans praised for incredible Rob Burrow gesture at Headingley

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Leigh Leopards travelled to Headingley last night to face Leeds Rhinos on an evening tinged with emotion as rugby league celebrated Rob Burrow and the Leopards fans certainly did their part in the event.

The match, which was played on Global MND Awareness Day, marked the first home game for the Rhinos since the passing of Burrow on June 2nd and Headingley certainly showed out for their hero with a crowd of 17,535 turning up to show their support.

Fans were also rewarded with a win as the Rhinos bounced back from their 18-10 defeat against Hull FC with an 18-10 win of their own thanks to a Man of the Match performance by Brodie Croft with the Australian embracing his inner Rob Burrow on two tries.

Croft gave an emotional interview post-match to Sky Sports before then telling BBC Radio Leeds that it “felt like someone was with me” when discussing his 80-metre breakaway try that broke the game open in the first half.

On a night where it was hard to fault anyone for how they observed a beautiful tribute, it’s the travelling Leigh Leopards fans who are being singled out for praise.

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Leigh Leopards fans share touching Rob Burrow banner

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Plenty of that praise is being directed towards the fact that the Leopards fans had created their own banner to celebrate Rob Burrow, something that will have been done with no expenses spared seemingly.

The banner was relayed across the Western Terrace before the game and displayed an image of Rob Burrow with his now-iconic phrase “In a world full of adversity, we must dare to dream” displayed across it along with a number seven and the Leigh Leopards badge.

It’s a gesture that highlights the community spirit and family feel of rugby league but also points to how Rob Burrow transcended. He wasn’t just a Leeds Rhinos hero, he became a rugby league hero and even an MND hero with the whole nation coming to support him during his battle with Motor Neurone Disease.

Leigh’s owner Derek Beaumont had commented last night post-game on social media about the match, explaining that it was an hour for his side to be involved in such an occasion.

Beaumont said: “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.”

It had also been revealed by Rob’s father, Geoff, that the first ever Rhinos game that Rob watched as a child was against Leigh making the event even more poignant.

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