VIDEO - Leeds Rhinos: Watkins expresses sympathy for luckless Achurch

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ENGLAND CENTRE Kallum Watkins admits Mitch Achurch’s latest injury was a huge blow for the luckless forward.

Achurch returned from a two-month lay-off as a substitute in last Friday’s win over Wigan Warriors, but was knocked out just moments after entering the action.

Kallum Watkins

Kallum Watkins

“It’s very disappointing for Mitch,” Watkins said.

“He has worked so hard to get back. With the wrist injury he had it takes a long time to get the strength back.

“He was in a pot for a few weeks and it is a long haul in terms of getting yourself ready to play and it’s just unfortunate.

“I feel for him, but hopefully it’s not a long setback for him and I hope he’s ok.”

Achurch was treated on the field before being taken by ambulance to hospital for checks.

He later said he was “okay” and hopeful of being available for Friday’s visit to to Hull.

Of that game, Watkins said: “Hull had a good result on Friday, winning at Saints.

“They will be confident they can do a job on us, but we know we’ve got a lot of work to do.”

Watkins reckons the win over Wigan proved Rhinos can dig in, as well as play flash rugby.

“We toughed it out, the conditions weren’t the best, but our forwards were outstanding,” he said. “It was very tense, Wigan are a good side, but we performed well.

“At times we were under pressure, but credit to the boys for hanging in there. We have a lot of work to do, but we were very happy with the victory.”

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