Betfred Super League - Richie Myler's aiming to make his minutes on the field count for Leeds Rhinos

SCRUM-HALF TURNED back-up hooker Richie Myler admits he wants to play “every minute of every game” for Leeds Rhinos – and while he’s not doing he has to make each moment count.

Monday, 24th February 2020, 12:01 pm
Updated Monday, 24th February 2020, 12:59 pm
Leeds Rhinos playmaker, Richie Myler. PIC: Jonathan Gawthorpe/JPIMedia

n, Myler came off the bench early in the second half at Salford Red Devils and his energetic performance helped transform an 8-6 deficit into a 22-8 win.

Myler’s kick-chase, aided by Luke Gale, quickly forced a drop-out from which Luke Briscoe touched down to edge Rhinos ahead and after that the visitors always looked in control.

“It is a different game for me at the minute,” the former number seven conceded afterwards.

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Richie Myler, left, and Luke Gale got Leeds Rhinos on the front foot against Salford. PIC: Steve Riding

“It’s limited and I am just trying to contribute as much as I can with the game time I get.

“I thought Cuth did a really good job when he came on, he really played on the front foot and hopefully we got the team on the front foot.”

Myler, a try scorer as a substitute in the previous week’s win over Hull KR, stressed: “I just want to contribute and if I am contributing I am happy.

“I felt like I did that, I felt like I helped the team. I thought I had some nice touches when I came on and gave us some energy.

“A lot of my game really is energy and working hard for each other. I am happy with myself. I want to play every minute of every game so now the minutes are a bit less I have to make sure they are good.”

Of his chase for the important drop-out, Myler said: “I do that when I am at seven and when I am at nine.

“It is part of my game, I try to compete for everything. I worked hard and it was just fortunate that when me and Cuth came on we started to get a roll on a bit.

“I think that was helped by us holding the ball more in the second half. The boys in the first half did an awful lot of work, a lot of defence and we knew if we had 50-50 possession we’d be a lot better.”

Rhinos trailed 8-0 before Gale scored a converted try on the final play of the first half.

“I thought we compounded a lot of our own downfall really and invited them to play.” Myler said of the opening 40 minutes.

“It was stormy conditions so the ball was going all over the place, but the boys did well to come in at half-time with that score.

“I thought the try just before half-time changed our team talk a little bit and it was all positive talk at half-time and we came out and delivered a bit more. I think our completion rate in the first half was about 50 per cent. We knew if we cranked that up to more around the 80s we’d be a lot better and I think the second half showed that.”

The win two days ago proved Rhinos can do the tough stuff, after they showed their flair in the 52-10 hammering of Hull KR.

Myler said: “We ran away with the score last week, it was a comfortable victory and everybody was patting us on the back a bit. In the first half we didn’t hit our scraps, but it was a gritty performance away from home.

“Salford’s always a difficult place to come and play, especially when it’s blowing a gale.

“I thought we delivered, we got the job done, it was a very gritty performance and it’s good to come on the back of one of those sometimes.”

Rhinos take on another of Myler’s former clubs, Warrington Wolves, at Emerald Headingley on Friday.

“Warrington are a strong side, really, really strong,” he warned.

“They’ve got a lot of quality players in their squad and it’s going to be a tough game again.

“It’s going to be a big week, it’s a short turnaround, but we’re looking forward to it and we want to keep the momentum going.