Brodie Croft's tearful tribute to Rob Burrow's family after inspiring Leeds Rhinos victory

Brodie Croft was in tears after Leeds Rhinos' emotional victory over Leigh Leopards.
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An emotional Brodie Croft was reduced to tears after helping Leeds Rhinos pay tribute to Rob Burrow with a victory over Leigh Leopards. The halfback was the star of the show as his two tries saw him inspire the Rhinos on an emotional night where they paid tribute to their legendary halfback, who passed away earlier this month at the age of 41.

It was a night packed with emotion from start to finish, but for the Leeds players, that has been amped up, with the group under pressure to not only get the win everyone was hoping for, but also after a week that saw the former head coach, Rohan Smith, lose his job after defeat to Hull FC last time out.

And Croft's emotions poured out after the hooter, with the former Man of Steel visibly emotional before his man of the match interview. The relief of winnings, as well as its signficiance, clearly got to Leeds' latest star signing.

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Asked to explain his emotions, Croft said: "I can't, to be honest, I've been trying to hold it in all day. I'm so pleased we could get the result for Rob, his family and this crowd.

"It's hard to put into words. It's been such an emotional two weeks. When I met Rob's parents, and then to see them in the stands in the day... I can't."

He continued: "I tried to keep it in and not think about it too much. I'm just thinking about it after the match now. I'll remember this day for the rest of my life, I'm so pleased we could get this result."

Over 80 of Burrow's former teammates were also in attendance and had been around the playing group during the week.

"It's special to see the old boys," Croft said. "Just this whole occasion, you knew it was going to be a big one. To have all those boys come back, Danny to fly over from Australia, it just shows the impact Rob has had, and for the MND community as well. I'm speechless, to be honest."