Five things we learned from Leeds Rhinos' clash with Bradford Bulls

HERE are five things we learned from Leeds Rhinos' 26-12 win over Bradford Bulls in Carl Ablett's testimonial game.

Monday, 25th January 2016, 2:00 pm
Updated Monday, 25th January 2016, 2:49 pm
Brett Ferres in action for Leeds Rhinos v Bradford Bulls yesterday.

1: Kevin Sinfield’s goal kicking is impossible to replace. Rhinos tried three marksman – including Ablett after the final hooter – but they managed just one conversion between them from six attempts.

2: Brett Ferres is a good signing for Leeds: Ferres will bring a new dimension to an already strong pack. He was involved in several tries and looked sharp in his first Leeds appearance at Headingley.

3: Ashton Golding is a talent: The teenage full-back replaced Zak Hardaker mid-way through the second half and again caught the eye with his ability under the high ball, exciting running and outstanding pass for the final try.

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4: Rhinos need to sharpen up before their first league game. They improved with and without the ball after half-time, but Bradford matched the champions in the first 40.

5: Rhinos’ £1m new pitch was worth every penny. Ryan Golding and his ground staff have done a fantastic job, but a couple of years ago all the recent rain would have left the old surface unplayable.