IT IS a waiting game for Leeds Rhinos after two key players picked up potentially serious injuries in the 18-6 defeat at Hull.
Centre Kallum Watkins went off after 25 minutes and then Leeds half-back Danny McGuire suffered an apparently worse injury 10 minutes into the second period at the KC Stadium.
“They’re both ankles,” coach Brian McDermott reported afterwards. “Kallum’s had a body dropped on his ankle.
“Mags’ is a result of a low tackle – a low leg tackle. They are in pain, they can’t walk, they’ve got boots on and they’re on crutches. Fingers crossed we’re just talking some tissue or ligament damage. Let’s hope it’s not too serious, but I can’t say too much more.”
Rhinos were already without Carl Ablett, Jamie Peacock, Stevie Ward and Ben Jones-Bishop, due to long-term injuries.
Last night’s defeat was Rhinos’ fourth in succession and came after they trailed 12-0 inside 11 minutes and 18-0 at the interval. It was the second consecutive game they’ve kept the opposition scoreless in the second half.
“We’ve got to recognise that we fronted up in the second half and did what we wanted to do in the first, in terms of intensity,” said McDermott. “But when they scored that try just before half-time, to make it 18-0, that made our task pretty difficult in the second half. We were still in touching distance and I thought we had a fair amount of attitude and a good reaction in the second half, but – never mind the injuries – we shouldn’t be in that situation to start with.”