Five talking points from Leeds Rhinos’ victory over Leigh Centurions

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LEEDS RHINOS got back to winning ways with a hard-fought 22-14 victory over Leigh Centurions at Headingley.

Here are five talking points from the game.

Adam Cuthbertson touches down to score against Leigh on Friday.

Adam Cuthbertson touches down to score against Leigh on Friday.

1: It was 80 minutes of their lives the 13,445 crowd will never get back.

A scrappy, stop-start affair, played in wet conditions, provided very little entertainment and there were just two positives for Rhinos – the two points and getting through with no major injury concerns.

It was an excellent advert for not playing three times in eight days.

2: Adam Cuthbertson’s return to form has been a key factor in Rhinos’ climb up the Betfred Super League table.

Brian McDermott.

Brian McDermott.

The ball-handling Aussie is playing the way he did in his debut 2015 campaign and seven tries isn’t too shabby for a front-rower.

He would have turned a brace into a hat-trick but for a brilliant tackle by Leigh’s Antoni Maria.

Cuthbertson’s combination with hooker Matt Parcell has been outstanding for Leeds this year and if he can stay fit he must be a genuine Dream Team – and maybe even Man of Steel – contender.

3: The return of Keith Galloway and Mitch Garbutt from injury will ease some of the load on Cuthbertson.

Galloway is under-appreciated and will strengthen Leeds up the middle, while Garbutt makes big metres going forward.

With Carl Ablett also back in action, Leeds’ pack is looking strong, but spare a thought for Brett Delaney – who has a brace on both knees after suffering double medial ligament damage in the win over Warrington.

4: James Child has dished out 10 yellow cards in the five Rhinos games he has refereed this year. He is so keen on team warnings at times it looks like he is getting ready for take off. Whether he’s over-zealous or the players are at fault, fewer penalties would make for a better spectacle.

5: Coach Brian McDermott was right not to criticise his players for their below-par performance. As poor as the game was, both teams deserved credit for the effort they put in and for managing to drag weary bodies through yet another punishing fixture.