Leeds Rhinos: YEP Jury give their verdicts

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Our YEP Jury have their say on the defeat to Castleford and the challenge ahead against Hull FC.


Playing Castleford at home is always a great derby match, and one in the season I always look forward to.

It was obvious from the off that Castleford were keen for a win.

They applied pressure and made light work of our defence which led to Grant Millington, followed quickly by Liam Flynn, scoring to put Castleford into an early lead.

The Rhinos couldn’t seem to get into the game and Michael Shenton put Castleford further ahead.

Carl Ablett then answered for the Rhinos, albeit making up for some of his handling errors earlier on. Adam Cuthbertson scored another cracker near the post – something he is becoming known for this season. Ryan Hall then took the game to 18-16 at half-time.

In the second half we needed to come out fighting and get an early score.

This just didn’t happen and Castleford again appplied pressure and made light work of our defence.

Ash Handley added to our handling errors and unfortunately let in an easy try.

We did come back to level the game 24-24. However, it was at this point we again started panic-playing and Castleford took full advantage to seal the win.

It was another frustrating watch. We never really got into the game. Castleford always seemed to have the upper hand in this game.

We made far too many errors again as in previous week.

We really need to concentrate on the fundamentals. We are throwing away points by being shaken defensively.

As a result, we end this week in second place in the league behind St Helens.

While I’m not writing the season off yet for us, we still really need to work on playing for a full 80 minutes.

It’s the full game that can make a difference and not just 20 to 25 minutes of good play.

We need to work on ball control and wrapping the ball up in the tackle. Castleford made far too many easy offloads.

This week we face Hull FC at home on Father’s Day.

I’m hoping for a better performance.

Our last meeting this season resulted in us beating them 43-12. I don’t expect this game to be anywhere near as high scoring, especially if we play as we have been doing.


WELL, EVERYTHING that I wrote in my piece last week has come true.

Firstly, that if we keep on starting slowly like we did at Wakefield, we’ll be behind on the scoreboard, therefore leaving ourselves too much to do, especially against better teams.

Also, I again mentioned about our continual bad habit of us being very weak in defence, and for us to cut out errors.

Well, we failed miserably on all points that I raised. We are our own worst enemies.

How hard can it be for a player to pass the ball backwards instead of forwards – schoolboy errors.

The players obviously aren’t concentrating 100 per cent, otherwise they wouldn’t keep on making the same errors, game after game.

Come on fellas. It’s getting boring now.

Sort it out pronto.

We are average at best at the moment, in both attack and defence, and devoid of any ideas on how to break down the opposition.

We are one dimensional in our play, and there is a lack of actual tackling in defence – tackle like you mean it for crying out loud.

So, come on fellas. Step up to the plate, just do your job.

After a few days off we’ve had plenty of time to sort out our weaknesses before Hull on Sunday!


Another poor start meant we, Leeds Rhinos, found ourselves 18-0 behind early on and with a mountain to climb.

Despite eventually levelling it up at 24-24, a horrible mistake towards the end proved the final nail in the coffin.

But Castleford fully deserved their victory.

Starting Kevin Sinfield on the bench was a very poor decision as we lacked the leadership qualities that he provides.

This week is the first of back-to-back games against Hull FC, with the first being Sunday at Headingley.

This is by no means going to be an easy game as Hull have been playing well recently.

So, a complete performance for 80 minutes is required by Leeds Rhinos if we want to claim the win.


A disappointing team performance from Leeds Rhinos against Castleford.

We didn’t deserve anything out of the game.

You can’t give any team an 18-point start. There were some individual errors, but as a whole we were poor. Two wins from seven in the league is alarming. Two big games up next!


The first 15 minutes killed us as the Tigers started out like a house on fire, and, not for the first time, aided by some paper-thin defence and the odd error.

We just don’t seem to be learning that we must start games much quicker than we have been doing.

The only real positive was that we managed to get on level terms.

But we still managed to throw that away.

I am not blaming any one player as I thought that the whole team performance was poor – with the exception of Danny McGuire, who was my man of the match.

I’m also at a loss as to why we don’t utilise our bench to its fullest, which is something we will have to sort out or Hull – our next opponents – might do the same as Castleford.


IT was a disappointing performance from the Rhinos against the Tigers.

We lacked a spark in attack and were sloppy defensively as Castleford stormed into an 18-0 lead. We finally got going after about 30 minutes before the Tigers stepped it up a gear in the second and put the game to bed.