Leeds Rhinos: Burrow omitted as part of squad selection dynamic

Rob Burrow.
Rob Burrow.
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LEAVING ROB Burrow out of the showdown with Widnes Vikings was an indication of the strength of Leeds Rhinos’ squad, coach Brian McDermott said.

Burrow was omitted from the matchday 17, with Liam Sutcliffe taking over among the substitutes.

“It was a selection thing,” McDermott confirmed. “It is about the dynamic of the team and I am in a fortunate position in having three – and four if you include Paul Aiton – pivots to fill some roles.

“It is also very challenging, because each week somebody misses out.

“On this occasion it was Rob and it was just a dynamic we went with. While we’ve got the squad as healthy as it is we will always be faced with these type of challenges.

“Liam Sutcliffe is a very good Super League player now. He has played in the region of 40 games and by the time we play Huddersfield (a week on Thursday) Brett Delaney will be fit.

“That’s another challenge we’ve got, to fit a squad of fit blokes into 17 shirts.”

Rhinos have no game this weekend, when First Utility Super League takes a break for the World Club series.

McDermott said: “We knew it was here so we’ve planned for it. I don’t think we’ve gained that much momentum where we feel like we need to keep going.

“We will adjust accordingly this week and get back on the horse the week after. We’ll deal with it.”