Leeds Rhinos: Hard work in pre-season is paying off – Singleton

Brad Singleton.
Brad Singleton.
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RISING STAR Brad Singleton enjoyed his first televised man of the match performance, but said two competition points was more important than personal accolades.

Singleton, who received the Sky Sports honour after Leeds Rhinos’ 43-12 victory at Hull last week, stressed: “It was more important we got the win.

“We are four from four now and hopefully we can build and get some momentum going.

“We had a long pre-season and this is what we aimed for, a big start.

“We know the league is going to be tight this year and hopefully we can push on and get a top-four spot.”

Singleton’s early-season form has boosted his hopes of being one of the long-term replacements for Rhinos’ veteran front-rowers Jamie Peacock and Kylie Leuluai.

He has come off the bench in all four games so far and his try against Hull was his second touchdown of the campaign, doubling his tally from his previous four seasons and 42 senior appearances.

He said: “Kylie scored on Friday as well, Cuthbo (Adam Cuthbertson) is on two and I am on two, so there’s a bit of competition among the front-rowers – and there’s a bit of heat on JP [Peacock] at the minute, who hasn’t scored.

“From the friendly games I think I’ve been getting over for a few more tries this year and I am enjoying myself. I like to play and when I play I enjoy it – and when I enjoy it I play well.”

From a team point of view, Singleton reckons Rhinos showed in the second half at Hull what they can do when they get their attacking game together.

They trailed 12-0 at the break, but scored seven tries in a second half rampage and he said: “It was a very strange game. I don’t think our attitude changed, it was just in the first half we made a lot of errors. In the second half we had the same attitude, but we just cleaned up the errors.”