Leeds Rhinos: YEP Jury give their verdicts

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Our YEP Jury have their say on the victory over Warrington Wolves.


Wow! What a game! We owed Warrington one for beating us twice already this season and I hoped it wasn’t going to be three.

Although it looked like it might be after Kevin Penny opened the scoring for the Wolves, the lead was short lived and once we hit the front we never looked back.

From one to 17 we really looked the part for the second time in as many weeks. It would be good if we could play like this every week, but realistically I think we will have a dip. I hope I am wrong.

We scored some exhilarating tries. Two top-drawer efforts from the best full-back in the league, Zak Hardaker (unlucky not to score a hat-trick) and two from the ever-productive right-wing pairing of Watkins and Briscoe.

The game also had a contender for most bizarre try of the season from Danny McGuire, assisted by Carl Ablett’s shorts!

The entertainment we are showing at the moment is the best I have ever seen from us. One surprise was that Adam Cuthbertson didn’t get on the score sheet.

What the Wolves new recruit Chris Sandow thought of his Super League debut is anyone’s guess as the South Stand sang him a song that has been aimed at past Leeds sides; I can’t remember if they have ever had the opportunity to aim it at another team’s new signing.

Another thing that impressed me about our performance was the discipline. To concede only one penalty in the whole game is testament to our willingness to learn from our mistakes.

I am sure that if it had slipped Mr Child would have made us pay.

The Super-8s appear to have delivered close games, apart from the one at Headingley. It will be interesting to see if they remain close if and when teams have no realistic chance of making the top-four.

Another tough game beckons tomorrow when our nemesis of recent times Wigan roll into town.

If we keep our discipline and heads I can only see one outcome, albeit closer than the game against the Wolves.

The Qualifiers haven’t quite gone to plan with only one Championship side in the top five, though it could be different this weekend with Super League v Championship in all games.


It was an outstanding performance last Friday as we completely tore apart Warrington in what many of us thought would have been a really close game.

Despite Warrington taking the lead early, we never let that affect us and every time we had the ball we looked dangerous, whilst also playing great defence to frustrate the Wolves.

The only disappointment on the night was the news that Paul Aiton broke his arm, meaning he will be out for around six weeks and will miss the Challenge Cup final.

I know he’s had his doubters since joining the Rhinos, but he’s been one of the stand out players this season and fully deserved his place on the Wembley field in a couple of weeks’ time. Zak Hardaker was outstanding once again and showed that not only is he the best full-back in Super League, but he should be England’s number one for the upcoming series against New Zealand and beyond.

Another tough match awaits us tomorrow night as we face our bitter rivals, and second-placed Wigan Warriors (thanks to St Helens slipping up at Catalans last Saturday) at Headingley.

These games are always a tasty affair and this one will be no different. We’re playing some fantastic rugby of late and despite Wigan having some game changers, I can’t see anything else but a Rhinos win.


What a fantastic performance by Leeds.

I thought we would be in for a close contest, but we blew Warrington Wolves out of the water.

Warrington had no answer to our quick play the balls.

And I seem to say this every week, but once again Zak Hardaker was in a class of his own.

Surely he’ll be England’s starting full-back in the next international fixture.

Mitch Garbutt seems to have settled in quickly and put in a good shift against a usually tough Warrington pack.

The only negative was the injury to Paul Aiton. He will be a big loss and I wish him all the best.

I look forward to this week’s fixture against Wigan full of confidence.


WHAT A sensational performance that was from Leeds.

It was an 11 out of 10 performance from everyone,from one to 17, scintillating rugby from the top drawer.

I expect the game against Wigan on Friday will be a lot different, with their laying on tactics!


it was A great start to the inaugural Super-8s competition for Leeds Rhinos, especially with Saints losing away to Catalans.

However, losing hooker Paul Aiton could be a huge blow; he’s been a big part of they way we are playing this season.

Zak Hardaker was superb. His second try should be up there for try of the season and he is the best full-back in Super League by a country mile.

Surely a shoo-in for the England no1 spot come the end of the season at the expense of “Sam”?

It’s another big game coming up this week. Let’s hope we continue our good home form.

Beating Wigan Warriors, in my opinion, is crucial to finishing in the top two come the end of this part of the season.


This match against Warrington was a great way to start our Super-8s games.

We were at our best in the second half and it was brilliant to watch.

Up next is Wigan Warriors and I’m hoping for another solid performance against them.

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