Leeds Rhinos wait on Senior

Keith Senior is tackled by Tony Clubb and Luke Gale.

Keith Senior is tackled by Tony Clubb and Luke Gale.

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VETERAN centre Keith Senior was due to undergo checks today after suffering a knee injury in Leeds Rhinos’ 40-20 Carnegie Challenge Cup win over Harlequins last night.

The 35-year-old – who is out of contract at the end of the season – was helped from the field in the final minutes.

Senior – an ever-present so far this season – was treated after the game and is expected to undergo a scan to reveal the extent of the damage.

Senior, who was on crutches after the match said he is hopeful the injury is cartilage damage rather than anything more serious.

He said: “I went into a tackle and heard it pop and then it went numb.”

The injury marred a straight-forward win for Rhinos, who ran in seven tries as they secured a place in Monday’s quarter-final draw.

Quins beat Leeds 36-26 in an Engage Super League fixture at Headingley in February and assistant-boss James Lowes said Rhinos had learned lessons from that setback.

“We had to grind one out,” Lowes observed. “It is good we can do that.

“At the start of the year it was a similar pattern, we scored and Quins came back and scored a couple.

“That’s the pleasing aspect – we are learning from that early season form.”

Lowes added: “Quins came here to play. They worked hard and took some breaking down. We made some poor errors and it wasn’t until the last few minutes that we got clear of them.

“We got there eventually, but it wasn’t our most accomplished performance.

“We weren’t at our best, but we are in the hat – and Harlequins should have a bit of credit for never giving up.”

Rhinos’ next game is at home to Warrington Wolves – who thrashed Swinton 112-0 last night – next Friday.

Lowes, a former Warrington assistant-coach, said: “They are scoring tries for fun at the moment.

“We will have to be a bit more clinical in what we do and certainly not turn the ball over as cheaply.”

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