Leeds Rhinos: Comeback king Burrow eager to retain no.7 role – for another week at least

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POCKET ROCKET Rob Burrow says his comeback is right on track. Burrow, far right, is set to make his fourth successive appearance – after a 10-game lay-off due to a broken shoulder – when Leeds Rhinos play host to Bradford Bulls tonight.

The six-time Grand Final winner has reported no ill-effects from his injury and reckons he is getting back to the form he was in before being hurt in April’s Tetley’ Challenge Cup fifth round win over St Helens.

“I am feeling good,” said Burrow, who returned to Rhinos’ starting lineup against Salford Red Devils last week.

“I did my first 80 minutes and that was testing towards the end, because it was a really intense game, but I feel good.

“You need game time and I want plenty of game time before the semi-final next week.

“It is coming on nicely and I am happy with it.

“It is not like starting pre-season, when you haven’t been doing anything.

“I was fit before I got injured and I managed to maintain it in the 10 weeks I was out.

“While you’re not at your best straight away, it doesn’t take that long to get back.

“I feel sharp, I am happy with where I am at and I am happy with my form.

“I was confident when I got injured, but you never know what it’s going to be like when you come back.

“Everything could be the total opposite, but thankfully I have settled in all right, I am really happy with how I have come back and I want to keep improving.”

Burrow was moved from hooker to his preferred scrum-half role last week due to Kevin Sinfield’s (pictured inset) ban.

“I loved it,” he admitted. “I love playing seven.

“Kev is out again (tonight), so I’d like to think I’ll be at seven for another week at least.

“It is good, but I haven’t played there regularly for a while and to slot back in there you have to try and reinvent yourself – because it is a completely different role from nine. When I am in at nine I don’t have to do as much talking, it is more listening. When you are at seven it’s the focus, you have to tell the nine what’s happening.

“You never forget it, but it’s surprising how different the positions are.”

Burrow is looking for another commanding performance this evening in Leeds’ last game before their Tetley’s Challenge Cup semi-final showdown with Warrington Wolves a week tomorrow.

“Bradford had a fantastic result against Wigan last week,” he said. “It is great to see Jimmy (coach James Lowes) has put his mark down already.

“It is disappointing it is the last Leeds-Bradford game, for a short while anyway, but I am sure they will want to make a statement and they will be confident coming here after last week’s result.

“Form is irrelevant whenever we play Bradford. They are always close and tight and it will be this week.”

Liam Sutcliffe.

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