Here's what could be on Leeds Rhinos boss Richard Agar's agenda this week
There will be a happier mood in Leeds Rhinos’ camp this week following their record 60-6 win at Castleford Tigers in Betfred Super League round eight.
Leeds’ third victory of the campaign kept alive their top-six hopes and showed what they are capable of when they get their attack in order.
Rhinos have no game until the visit of St Helens on Friday, June 11, but here’s what could be on coach Richard Agar’s agenda this week.
1: Perspective. It was a fantastic win, by a record score away to their fiercest rivals, but won’t make Rhinos’ season. Missing a host of influential players, Castleford were poor and clearly had their minds on this weekend’s Betfred Challenge Cup semi-final. Leeds’ next two games, at home to Saints and in Perpignan against Catalans Dragons, will be much tougher and a better indication of whether Rhinos are back on track.
2: Confidence boost. What it will do is give Rhinos an injection of confidence, as well as moving them further away from the foot of Super League and maintaining their interest in the race for play-offs spots. Bagging 60 points in 80 minutes proves Leeds have got the necessary strike powe, when they get their game together.
3: Matt Prior. Rhinos’ reigning player of the year will be out of contract in November and, during the off-season, had considered hanging up his boots and staying in Australia. Rhinos have offered him another year, but he is yet to announce a decision. The 34-year-old is in fine form and persuading him to stay on in 2022 will be high on Agar’s to-do list.
4: The spine. Leeds still need a specialist stand-off, but their full-back, scrum-half and hookers combined particularly well against Tigers. The Richie Myler-Luke Gale combination makes Rhinos a better team and keeping them on the field together is clearly key to hopes of climbing the table.
5: Unwanted break. After last week, Rhinos would rather keep playing, but Rob Lui, Cameron Smith and Tom Holroyd will all be closer to a comeback by the next game, adding much-needed competition for places.
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