Leeds Rhinos: YEP Jury give their verdicts

Ryan Hall scores his second try against Hull KR.

Ryan Hall scores his second try against Hull KR.

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Our YEP Jury have their say on the victory over Hull KR and the Magic Weekend clash with Wigan.

Jamie Smith

The week started with Rhinos legend Rob Burrow committing his future to the club for another two years, Huddersfield forward Adam Mullally signing up from next year and then ended with us with claiming those all important two league points, to keep hold of top spot in Super League.

Another extra bonus to the week was results going our way, which saw us extend our lead at the top. So all in all, a good week for the club and the Rhinos’ faithful.

Although the scoreline from last Friday’s game suggests this was all one-way traffic, that wasn’t the case as Hull KR made it really difficult for us in the first half as they kept battling away and went into the break trailing us by two points. In the second, our class showed and it proved too much for the Robins to deal with.

The game also saw another milestone reached by the legend that is Kevin Sinfield, as he moved into third place in total points scored in rugby league history.

For me, Paul Aiton looked lively and seemed to grow in confidence as the game wore on, and, after missing a few weeks, Ryan Hall has certainly come back with a bang, grabbing himself another two tries, with the second being a typical Ryan Hall try which saw him power over despite a number a defenders in his way.

This weekend sees Super League go on the road for the annual and much-anticipated Magic Weekend round, but this time we have ourselves a new venue, Newcastle United’s St James’ Park.

As in the previous two years, we square up against the Wigan Warriors to bring to a close the first day.

Leeds and Wigan encounters are always tasty affairs and this one will certainly be the same as the battle for top spot intensifies.

The previous two Magic Weekend encounters against the Warriors have seen us come away empty-handed after narrow defeats, but I see this changing come full-time on Saturday. Although the Warriors will be looking to avenge their heavy defeat last time out, we’ve got over our mini blip by putting in strong back-to-back performances which will have us full of confidence and come away with a hard fought victory.

I’m predicting a Rhinos win by four points.

CRAIG TARBOTTON

I was confident we would pick up the two points last Friday against Hull KR.

Rovers have been a bit unpredictable this season and were struggling with injuries, especially in the pack.

It wasn’t all plain sailing though as Hull KR certainly made a game of it as they did on the opening day of the season.

Leeds opened the scoring through Stevie Ward, who seems to get better and better each week.

Rovers came back into the game and took the lead, but luckily for us Mantellato had an off-day with the boot where as Sir Kev missed only one of his seven conversion attempts, and showed why he’s still a valuable member of the team.

I fancied Ryan Hall to make an impact in this game up against Keiron Dixon, who I rate going forward, but not so much defensively. Hall used his size and power to go over for two unstoppable tries. Zak Hardaker was solid once more under the high ball and Paul Aiton once again worked tirelessly.

It’s Wigan up next at the Magic Weekend. I always look forward to this fixture, it’s always rough and tough and it’s great to see the likes of Bateman and Peacock, McIllorum and Aiton, Farrell and Delaney going toe to toe.

Wigan will be out for revenge after the last meeting.

I predict Leeds to win by eight points.

JON WINTER

It was good to get back to winning ways in the league against Hull KR, especially with Wigan dropping points ahead of our clash this weekend at St James’ Park in Newcastle!

We conceded some soft tries by our standards and I’m sure they will want to put that right this week.

I am pleased with the signing of Anthony Mullally. He looks to have something about him and seems to have a lot of potential. However, I hope that we are still going to sign one more forward for next season.

I’m looking forward to seeing the derby games this weekend at Magic Weekend.

I’m sure they will be as fiery as usual.

Let’s hope the weekend is a success ... and Leeds pick up another victory.

GRAHAM POULTER

THE first half against Hull KR was shocking. How come Leeds couldn’t just continue where we left off against Huddersfield? Thankfully, it was a much improved second half. We will have to start much better against Wigan, as they will be hurting after losing heavily to Catalans. I hope that we perform!

ANNE BOSANQUET

What a great win against Hull KR, leaving us three points clear at the top of the Super League with Kevin Sinfield notching up yet another personal goal.

I thought we were strong and, defensively, there have been improvements, with at least three in the tackles.

Brad Singleton was my stand-out player of the game.

He was moving constantly and involved in a lot of the tackles.

Powerhouse Ryan Hall scored one of the best tries down the left-hand side, taking two Hull KR players clean out of the way.

It’s Magic Weekend this weekend and we face Wigan Warriors.

It’ll be a good, solid match, with a great atmosphere over in Newcastle.

DIANNE HALL

As has been the case this season, it was a game of two halves against Hull KR – the first dominated by Sir Kev’s goal kicking, the second by our dogged defence and some well-worked tries.

Danny McGuire deserved his man of the match award for his ageless performance.

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