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Leeds Rhinos Jury: It’s difficult to see where our next win is coming from

Aaron Murphy and Matthew English tackle Matt Parcell.
Aaron Murphy and Matthew English tackle Matt Parcell.
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Our YEP Jury look back at last week’s defeat to Huddersfield and ahead to tomorrow night’s home clash against league leaders St Helens.

ADAM ANDERSON

Owen Trout.

Owen Trout.

It seems like we are saying the same thing week in week out, yet another loss for Leeds Rhinos, that’s two wins in 11 league games.

For a top club and the champions, that’s not good enough at all.

Any other club would be letting their coach go with form like that.

Yes we have injuries, but we can’t blame them.

I highly doubt that Brett Delaney is fit, he was on one leg for most of the game on Friday against Huddersfield.

It was good to have Liam Sutcliffe and Mitch Garbutt back, they’ll get better with more game time.

Fans are getting frustrated and it will continue if we don’t get a win very soon.

I have a feeling that Brian McDermott dare not throw any more youngsters into the squad. Owen Trout is playing out of his skin in the under-19s and deserves a chance to show his worth.

What could be worse right now?

I’m sure he would give everything for a shot at playing in the first team.

DIANNE HALL

What can I say about the performance against Huddersfield? It was big on effort and not much else. Our half-backs didn’t shine, the pack fired in fits and starts and the defence was at times non-existent.

Once again we conceded first and according to the script of the season so far that was more or less how the rest of the game went.

We will never know what impact the injury to Mikolaj Oledzki had on the team, though it must have, as apart from scoring first, we never really got going after the break.

I thought that the news of Ash Handley and Adam Cuthbertson signing contract extensions might have had a positive impact on the remainder of the squad, but it didn’t seem to.

Congratulations to Ryan Hall on his selection for the England 19 to face the Kiwis in Denver, had we been playing better we might have had more representatives!

Tomorrow sees the visit of league leaders St Helens who will no doubt test our threadbare squad and seek to avenge the defeat they suffered at our hands in round six.

MATT FOWLER

The game last week was hugely disappointing mainly due to the fact it was clear during the game we had control for periods and were playing reasonably well and then we would just go flat.

Either the wrong option would be taken or we would switch off defensively. I have no doubt the effort is there and the boys are giving it everything they have. Is it a lack of playing together enough? Is it a lack of self-belief? Are the guys still building that confidence in each other?

It is hugely frustrating and the task does not get any easier. Everyone at the club including the fans must hold their nerve and battle on. What happened to Mikolaj Oldezki last week does help put the battle ahead into perspective. Everyone cares for the club and defeats hurt but the players’ health is paramount. Players are literally putting their bodies on the line for the cause and it will turn around I am sure.

I just hope it happens before the league breaks up and we can remain in the top eight. We need to steel ourselves for the run in as it will be a close run thing.

CHRISTINE KIDD

Things are going from bad to worse for Leeds Rhinos. They can’t buy a win in Super League and every game they play they end up losing at least two players to injury.

Mikolaj Oledzki is the latest player to be added to the injury list. It was good to hear his injury doesn’t seem to be too serious.

The players that started the game on Friday should have been good enough to get a win against Huddersfield Giants.

Leeds Rhinos have a lot of injuries but so do Castleford Tigers and Hull FC. They seem to be coping a lot better than the Rhinos are.

It will be interesting to see who takes to the field for the Rhinos in the next two games against St Helens and Catalans Dragons.

I’m sure there are a number of players that are only just managing to be fit enough to play one game in seven days let alone two games in six days.

It looks as though Leeds need to win at least three more games to avoid dropping into the bottom four.

Congratulations to Ryan Hall on his call up to the England squad for the trip to Denver.

IAN SHARP

The result against Huddersfield came a distant second last week.

When Mikolaj Oledzki was laid down for 13 minutes, I like others had my heart in my mouth, but it’s good to hear the young lad is on the mend and it was nothing too serious thankfully. Also a big thanks to the Giants medical team that were straight out to help on the field too, the rugby league family at its best.

It was yet another misfiring game and with both half-backs being taken out of the game we are looking very light for the match up with Saints tomorrow night.

I get the feeling it won’t be the same side we beat...what seems a lifetime ago.

We were looking at a game to get in the top-two and a few months on, we are now looking like we going to be on the bottom four.

Yes, we have had massive injuries, but other teams have too and have scrapped out results. We seem too easy to beat, and so lacking any firepower.

There are tough days ahead I reckon, but I’ll keep turning up.

GRAHAM POULTER

The victory against Leigh Centurions in the Challenge Cup was Leeds just papering over the cracks that are obvious to see.

Leeds continued with their now familiar but annoying slow start to yet another game, against Huddersfield.

It’s now four games on the spin that Leeds have lost in Super League and looking at the fixture list and games coming up, it’s very difficult to see where the next victory will come from, starting tomorrow night with the visit of high flying St Helens.

The way they are playing they could potentially whitewash us as I cannot see where our points could come from, added to the fact that they have the impressive Ben Barba whom could potentially bamboozle our soft defence and leave them on their backsides.

With our current injury crisis getting longer week by week and us being totally out of form it would need a titanic effort from the team that plays to pull off a victory.

Will it be five losses on the bounce in Super League and us potentially in eighth place by the end of the weekend?