Leeds Rhinos: Five talking points from the victory over Hull FC

Ash Handley.
Ash Handley.
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Leeds Rhinos climbed a place to 10th in First Utility Super League after Friday’s 20-18 victory over Hull.

Here are five talking points out of the defending champions’ third win of the season, from 12 competitive games.

1: Terrible conditions and two below-strength teams, but it was a step forward for the defending champions.

2: The turning point was Zak Hardaker’s astonishing tackle on Scott Taylor when Hull led 12-8. Hardaker is still Super League’s best defensive full-back.

3: Sometimes it makes sense to take the two - a point proved after Jordan Lilley’s penalty goal just before the break made the difference on the final scoreboard.

4: Rhinos’ defence was much-improved, though the way Hull’s big men rumbled through the middle was a concern.

5: In a quarter of Rhinos’ games this year coach Brian McDermott has used only 16 players. Leaving No 9 Beau Falloon on the bench this time did make some sense with half-back Jordan Lilley and hooker Rob Burrow going so well.