Leeds Rhinos: YEP Jury give their verdicts

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Our YEP Rhinos Jury have their say on the victory at Hull the task ahead at Warrington tomorrow.

CRAIG TARBOTTON

I was looking forward to last Thursday’s game, seeing the likes of Jamie Peacock and Gareth Ellis and Danny McGuire and Leon Pryce going head to head, and this game was certainly a game of two halves.

Hull FC dominated the Rhinos with a fantastic first-half performance.

They were quick at the ruck and had Leeds on the back foot in defence as Pryce rolled back the years to put in a great performance in both attack and defence.

I was just relieved we were only 12-0 down at half-time.

Fearing the worst in the second half, Leeds came out like a different team compared to the first half.

Hull were never in it in the second period and it was that man, who has a very bright future ahead, Brad Singleton, who sparked Leeds back to life.

He spotted a massive gap in the Hull defence and burst through the line to set up Danny McGuire for his first of two tries after a forgettable first half from the number 6.

Singleton then himself grabbed a try and Leeds drew level and took full control of the game as Hull struggled to get hold of the ball.

Kallum Watkins showed why he’s so important to the Rhinos with some great runs out of nowhere to set up a try for McGuire as well as scoring one himself. I don’t think it will be long before the NRL teams are sniffing around Watkins. Let’s hope we keep hold of this talented youngster.

The Rhinos played some excellent rugby in the second half, scoring 43 points to nil with the returning Rob Burrow going over for a great individual try.

I would love to know what Brian McDermott said at half-time; whatever it was it worked as Leeds totally ripped Hull FC to shreds.

Leeds have some tough games ahead starting tomorrow away at Warrington, it will be a tough contest, that’s a certainty, with two great forward lines going toe to toe, and Chris Hill and Ashton Sims up against Kylie Leuluai and Jamie Peacock will be a brutal encounter.

I think Leeds can win as long as we keep quiet Daryl Clark and Ben Westwood, who always seems to up his game against Leeds, but I’m tipping Ryan Hall to make the difference in this game.

JON WINTER

If there was ever a game to accompany “a game of two halves” this was it!

It went from one of the worst displays in recent times, to one of the best halves of rugby for years. An error-strewn first half saw Leeds down 12-0 at half-time.

It could quite easily have been double this. The second half started in the best possible way for Leeds, with man of the match Brad Singleton, first creating a try for McGuire, then bagging one himself.

Within a flash, Leeds were back to 12-12. Watkins was back to his sensational best, speeding past Sneyd for McGuire’s second and then making Jamie Shaul (who is far from slow) look like he was running in quicksand. In full flight, there is no-one better than Kallum Watkins.

Rob Burrow came back after missing the Huddersfield game and gave a great cameo in the second half, adding even more zip to the Leeds attack which resulted in him scoring two tries, the second of which was a great solo effort.

Forty three points in one half of rugby is superb, against Hull even better. The scary thing was, we could have scored more!

Next up for Leeds and their 100 per cent record is former coach Tony Smith’s Warrington who will give Leeds the biggest test of the season so far. Stefan Ratchford looks in great form for Wire.

ANNE BOSANQUET

Another win for the Rhinos, leaving us top of the league.

What a game of two halves. First half was like watching a different team, leaving us 12 points down. We were scrappy and left far too many gaps and Leon Pryce took advantage.

Hull FC were keen for a win after a recent run of losses. There was much bloodshed amongst both sides, showing how brutal the game was.

Second half we came out fighting and played like we wanted the win. Watkins had an outstanding performance putting McGuire over and himself. It was great to see Sinfield making fourth in the league scorers of all time. Great to have Burrow back on the team and see him score twice.

I’d like to see more of how we played in the second half going forward.

JAMIE SMITH

From the shocking to the sensational is probably the best way to describe our win at Hull, and whatever Brian McDermott said at the break certainly worked.

We’re definitely going to need a ‘second-half performance’ over 80 minutes to come away with a win at Warrington tomorrow.

DIANNE HALL

I’m not really into clichés; suffice it to say we weren’t at the races in the first half.

We then produced a second-half performance out of the top drawer. We started as though we were still on the coach. The first half was mainly forgettable with two converted tries separating the teams at half-time. In previous Juries I have bemoaned our starts, but there was nothing wrong with the way we started and continued the second half. Singo was a revelation and the long-awaited introduction of Rob Burrow provided the catalyst for us to show off our attacking prowess.

McGuire’s two tries made up for his shaky first half and Sir Kev’s kicking was a masterclass, edging him closer to another record.

We cannot give Warrington a start like that tomorrow.

GRAHAM POULTER

The first half was littered with a lack of composure and errors which led to unneeded added pressure.

The only consolation was that it wasn’t more than 12 points. Leeds then ran hard and totally dominated Hull. Let’s hope they can do it for 80 minutes at Warrington tomorrow night!

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