Last night Rob Burrow didn’t win a National Television Award like the whole rugby league world wanted him to. That said, he is and always will be a winner in our eyes.
That was always true of his playing days as well. He guided Leeds to eight Super League titles becoming the most successful one club man in the history of the competition.
On top of that, he was often crucial on the grandest stage. A try scorer in the 2005 World Club Challenge and the 2015 Challenge Cup Final, he was also a two-time Harry Sunderland Award Winner. In 2007, the diminutive scrum-half was Leeds’ stand out player in a superb team performance at Old Trafford. Then four years later he produced arguably the greatest individual display in Grand Final history coming off the bench to devastate St Helens with one of the finest Grand Final tries ever as well as a scintillating assist to put Leeds in the lead with 10 minutes to go. Every journalist in attendance voted for him as Man of the Match in the greatest night of his career.
In fact, he often tormented the Saints scoring a delightful try against them in the league in 2007 as well as countless others. Despite that, it seems that tonight St Helens and their supporters along with the Rhinos and their traveling army are ready to show the world what the former Leeds number seven means to rugby league.
Tonight, the two old Grand Final foes meet in a huge game between two of the current top six. Leeds need to win to seal their place in the play-offs whilst St Helens will want to shake off their heart breaking defeat to Catalans last weekend. But the game could play second fiddle to the fans in the seventh minute.
A plan has been making the rounds on Twitter, and was even shared by the RFL, to chant there’s only one Rob Burrow in the seventh minute of the game proving that Burrow is indeed a winner despite not receiving an NTA last night.
7th minute of saints v Leeds 10.9.21 whether you are at the ground or not please join in for a chorus of 'there's only 1 Rob burrow' please rrtweet/share/pass it on… @SuperLeague @Saints1890 @leedsrhinos @M_Shaw1 @SeriousAboutRL @mike96hughes @TruthTalkingMav @SAINTSGUS pic.twitter.com/fPxfiqmuiy
— saintokell1974 (@saintokell1974) September 9, 2021
It again shows the togetherness of our great game but also shows just how special Burrow is to us all. A pain in St Helens’ side for years, even they respect him both as a player and as a man thanks to his quality on the field and his determination to beat Motor Neurone Disease off it.