Leeds Rhinos: Hat-trick hero Briscoe eyes more glory

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MAN OF THE MOMENT Tom Briscoe scored a hat-trick on his Leeds Rhinos debut – and then pledged to get better.

Briscoe ran in three tries in 12 second-half minutes as Rhinos got their First Utility Super League campaign off to a blistering start with a 34-6 win at Hull KR.

Tom Briscoe is congratulated by team-mates Kallum Watkins and Zal Hardaker.

Tom Briscoe is congratulated by team-mates Kallum Watkins and Zal Hardaker.

The 23-year-old England ace, signed from Hull FC on a five-year deal last autumn, was only the eighth player in Leeds’ history to score a hat-trick in his first competitive game and the first since Ashley Gibson in 2005.

Briscoe admitted it was a dream debut, but handed much of the credit to his centre Kallum Watkins, who provided the final pass for all three touchdowns.

“If you’d said before the game I’d get three tries I’d have been delighted,” he reflected.

“I just wanted to get out there and work my way into the game.

“There were a few walk-in tries, all the credit goes to Kallum.

“My game is more yardage stuff and getting out there and helping the forwards out.

“I think I did that all right and the more I get to know this team and the more I play with them, the better and more comfortable that will become.

“I’ve come to this club to link up with the likes of Kallum and the half-backs we’ve got here and it is definitely exciting times ahead.”

Of Rhinos’ win, Briscoe said: “They are a very tough side to grind down, especially on their ground.

“We knew it was going to be tough – especially with them opening their new stand and the crowd that drew to the game.

“It was a tough game, but we hung in there and got the rewards in the end.”

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