Leeds Rhinos 26 Bradford Bulls 12: Victory will benefit us says Ablett

Carl Ablett speaks to the Headingley crowd at his testimonial yesterday.
Carl Ablett speaks to the Headingley crowd at his testimonial yesterday.
Have your say

MAN OF the moment Carl Ablett reckons Leeds Rhinos are in good shape 10 days before the start of the new season.

Rhinos beat Bradford Bulls 26-12 in Ablett’s testimonial game yesterday, after trailing 12-10 at the break.

“Coming to the back end of pre-season it was the kind of hit-out we needed,” Ablett said.

“It was really tough in the first half and physically I don’t think we were quite there.

“There’s probably reasons for that, with only getting back into the country (from their Florida training camp) on Wednesday.

“But a game prepares you for Super League physically.

“The speed of it was good and we got to work on some skills. It was a good hit-out and we should feel the benefit.”

Ablett added: “In the first half we weren’t too happy defensively, we were losing too many collisions and we were on the back foot a bit, but that’s easily fixed up.

“We haven’t put too much focus on our offence, but we will fine tune that over the next few 

A crowd of almost 6,000 turned out and Ablett said: “You never know what to expect, but the support has been great, Bradford travelled well and overall it was a great day for me.”

Disgraced England star Zak Hardaker in action for Castleford Tigers. (Picture: Bruce Rollinson)

Castleford Tigers open dialogue with Hardaker as disgraced England star awaits cocaine judgement