Leeds Rhinos: Sinfield cautious on recovery

Kevin Sinfield.
Kevin Sinfield.
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IT is too soon to say if Leeds Rhinos are back on track, captain Kevin Sinfield believes.

Three successive wins have lifted Rhinos’ spirits after a disappointing start to Engage Super League, which saw them lose five of their opening 10 matches.

Rhinos are up to sixth in the table and are now just three points behind leaders Warrington Wolves approaching the half-way point of the campaign.Castleford Tigers were put to the sword 48-6 four days ago, but Sinfield is remaining cautious.

He admitted: “It is a bit early to say if we’ve turned a corner.

“Danny Mags and JP (Danny McGuire and Jamie Peacock) coming back has given us a massive boost, they have both been great and Easter has been a good spell for us.

“You often hear coaches and players criticising the Easter period, but over the years I’ve certainly enjoyed playing game after game.

“The only worry from a player’s point of view is if you can’t get your body right. If you can do that and you don’t pick any knocks up, there’s nothing better than playing every three or four days, because ultimately it is the best part of the job.

“To pick up six points from six has been great for us and we need to kick on from here now.”

Wins against Bradford Bulls, Crusaders and Castleford followed successive losses to Hull KR and Huddersfield Giants.

Sinfield said: “To have the quickest turnaround from the Huddersfield game – Friday to Thursday – gave us the chance to get straight back on the horse.

“We have had some disappointments this year and we have faced a bit of adversity so far.

“But to get three wins from three and at the end of it to go to Cas – who have been playing well and who are justifiably high up the table – and put a performance together like we did was very pleasing.”

Kallum Watkins has joined Rhinos’ injury list due to ligament damage in a wrist, but Zak Hardaker has now recovered from a broken finger and Lee Smith could make his comeback following a hamstring tear when Crusaders visit Headingley Carnegie in the Challenge Cup fourth round on Saturday.

“I think the big thing for us now is that competition for places is happening again,” Sinfield said.

“We are getting some blokes back into the team who have been injured for a while.

“We have got some first-team players playing in the under-20 and as soon as you get that competition back around the first- team squad, people are playing for places and performances improve. We have seen that with Magsy and JP coming back.”

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