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