Leeds Rhinos: Try star Ben has stellar appeal

Ace full-back Brent Webb has tipped Leeds Rhinos' young flier Ben Jones-Bishop for a sparkling future.

Jones-Bishop was Rhinos' man of the moment in Sunday's season-opening 32-28 victory over Bradford Bulls, scoring a hat-trick of touchdowns including the match-winning penalty try.

He also pulled off a crucial tackle to force Chev Walker into a knock-on over the Leeds line in the first half.

Though Jones-Bishop played on the wing against Bradford, he also appeared at centre for Harlequins during a season-long loan last year and is viewed as Webb's long-term successor at full-back for Rhinos.

"I am a big fan of Bish," revealed Webb, whose pass created Jones-Bishop's first try two days ago.

"He is a great kid and I think the loan spell down at Harlequins last year has done him a world of good.

"He has come back a better player. He showed on Sunday what he is capable of – he saved us on a few occasions and he scored some great tries.

"He has got the sort of stride where he doesn't look as if he is moving that fast, but he has got good pace.

"He is only 22, so there is a lot more to come from him."

Webb described Rhinos' overall performance against Bradford as "steady" and he said: "We tried to do some of the things we have been practising all pre-season.

"We didn't execute some of them that well, but I think we showed some toughness and resilience and we got them at the death."

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