Leeds Rhinos: Hall puts short turnarounds into perspective

Ryan Hall
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WORLD’S BEST winger Ryan Hall thinks something should be done about short turnarounds – just get on with it.

Leeds Rhinos play host to Castleford Tigers tonight, four days after another derby at Wakefield Trinity Wildcats.

Clubs playing on a Thursday night have been given the option this year of bringing their previous game forward a day or two, if it is scheduled for a Sunday.

That has led to clubs who regularly play on a Sunday having to change the date of home games against their will, but Leeds have bucked the trend and Hall said the players have no problem with that decision.

“We’ve done it before, at Easter,” Hall said of playing twice in five days.

“You just get on with it. It’s part of the season.

“You can’t schedule games every Friday night all year, because that’s not how it works.

“We are happy to do whatever we get told to do, so I don’t see it as an issue.”

Hall insisted Rhinos are going into tonight’s game in good shape, despite the short lead-in.

“Our backroom staff are very well-prepared,” he said.

“When the fixtures get released they plan the full season, so they knew this was coming up and they’ve planned for it.

“We’ve been coached accordingly and we’re well-prepared for the game.”

Tigers did move their fixture at Hull KR forward to give them an extra two days, but Hall claimed: “I don’t know if that’s an advantage.

“We will turn up on the night and we’ll be fresh. I don’t think it took too much out of us, playing on Sunday, so we will be all right. I think it will be a level playing field.”

Tigers will climb into fourth spot in First Utility Super League if they win at Headingley for the first time since 2010, and Hall predicted that will make it a tough battle.

“Cas have really improved over the last couple of years and they got a good win at Hull KR, which is a tough place to go,” he said.

“I always enjoy playing Cas, because it’s always a tough game and it’s normally high-scoring. I tend to like those sorts of games.

“It’s our big derby now, with a bit of recent history.

“They could have finished top last year and they got to the Challenge Cup final and we beat them in that. There will be a bit in the tank left over from that.

“I know we’ve played them once already this year, but they’ve got a lot of ex-Leeds boys in their team and that always makes it a bit more interesting.”

The 58-26 win at Wakefield was only Rhinos’ second victory in six league games, but they will open a three-point gap over St Helens, who play third-placed Wigan Warriors tomorrow, if they back it up.

“The league is taking shape,” Hall said. “Cas are certainly going to be in the top-eight and we don’t want to give them the two points on offer this week.

“Form-wise we are a bit up and down. For the last eight weeks we’ve been like that, but that happens to every team somewhere along the line and that’s what makes the game exciting.”