Leeds Rhinos: Adam’s shocked by speed of game

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LEEDS RHINOS’ Aussie import Adam Cuthbertson admits he has been “shocked” by the speed of the British game.

The former Newcastle Knights forward – who has played 138 times in Australia’s NRL – said his two First Utility Super League matches so far have been hard.

The 29-year-old started in Rhinos’ opening win at Hull KR and grabbed a try on his home debut against Widnes Vikings eight days ago.

But he said: “It has been tough, the first two weeks have been a bit of a shock.

“It has been very quick in the first halves and I have been struggling in the first halves a bit, just trying to keep up.

“It has been a bit frantic, but I think it’s just (a matter of) getting used to the pace of the game over here, because there’s a lot more lateral movement.

“But the boys have been great, They have been talking me through it, I have just been pushing through it and getting to the second half and then coming good.”

Despite the culture shock, Cuthbertson said he is enjoying the attack-minded style of the British game.

Rhinos are the top scorers after two rounds, with 14 tries and 78 points and Cuthbertson said: “There’s a lot more movement over here.

“It is a great brand of footy, because there is a lot more footy played.

“I am a little bit more used to the NRL comp, trying to go through the ruck a bit more.

“Over here it’s one or two in for a shift and then shift again sometimes off the back of that.

“As a middle man it is tough, we’ve got to work hard and I’ve found that out in the first two weeks.

“But credit to us and the coaching staff, they have got us really fit.

“We’ve been plugging away in those first halves and then coming out good in the second half.”

Cuthbertson was Rhinos’ official man of the match against Widnes and his ability to get the ball away in a tackle could be a key weapon for Leeds this year.

“I wouldn’t be able to do that sort of thing without the boys around me,” he said.

“It’s one thing to be able to get a pass away, but you can’t do it unless the likes of Magsy (Danny McGuire) and Kev (Sinfield) turn up, so it has been good.

“It was nice to get the try last week, it’s always good to get the monkey off the back.

“It was a play we’ve been working on for weeks and it was good to execute it.”

Rhinos have no game this weekend, but are at home again in round three next Thursday, against Huddersfield Giants.

“The South Stand are great, the way they turned out,” Cuthbertson said of his first Headingley experience.

“The fans are nice and loud and they get behind us, so it’s a great place to play.”

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