Leeds Rhinos: Sutcliffe happy to play ‘jack of all trades’ role at Leeds

Liam Sutcliffe.
Liam Sutcliffe.
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Shooting star Liam Sutcliffe is happy to be a utility-player if it means getting picked for Leeds Rhinos every week.

“I don’t really mind it,” Sutcliffe said. “As long as I am playing I don’t really mind where I play. It is good to be able to cover a few positions, so you are always needed.

“I went on at half-back (against Hull last Friday) and ended up in the second-row. You have got to adapt your game and think you’re not playing stand-off any more, but I am enjoying all the roles at the moment.”

The 20-6 win three days ago was Sutcliffe’s ninth successive game since returning to Leeds from a four-match loan spell at Bradford Bulls under coach and ex-Leeds man Francis Cummins.

He admitted he has got more game time than he was expecting so far this year, but feels he still has a lot to learn.

“I need to start getting my hands on the ball more and start taking the line on,” he said.

“That will start to come eventually. I have things to work on in defence as well, but I’ll just work hard in training and try to improve.”

Friday’s victory came just six days after Rhinos suffered their second loss of the campaign, against Wigan Warriors at the Magic Weekend.

It kept them top of the First Utility Super League table and Sutcliffe said: “It was tough in those conditions, but we got the job done.

“It was important to get a win, after we lost to Wigan. It is always disappointing when you get beaten, but we took it on the chin and worked hard during the week.

“We managed to turn things around. We knew Lee Radford (Hull’s coach) has been criticising our defence a bit, so we wanted to prove him wrong and show we have got a good defence.

“We were disappointed with their try (which came a minute from time). We were looking for the nil and we thought we were going to get it, but they scored right at the end.

“We have changed a few things in defence this year and it is working so far.”

Rhinos face another big game this Friday, when they visit Warrington Wolves.

The players were training today, despite the bank holiday and Sutcliffe predicted: “It will be a tough game, just like it was when we played them at the start of the year.

“They have lost a few players, but it was only a matter of time before they started to gel and put in some good performances.”

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