Our YEP Jury have their say on the victory over Salford and tomorrow’s clash at Wakefield.
It is refreshing to talk about a victory for the first time since mid-April. Nilling Salford will give the lads a great boost in the build up to the Middle-8s.
The weather was a leveller and the scoreline reflected that. I did think before the game that this would be perfect for Michael Dobson and his kicking game, how wrong was I?
I thought for the first time this season we looked solid in defence, our attack was still disappointing and ball handling skills still embarrassing.
The effort is there in spades and that is why we have not crumbled after scoring the first try in the past weeks.
We have conceded only one try in the last 120 minutes of rugby which is very pleasing to see.
Keith Galloway had his best game for us and I thought Luke Briscoe had a great game on the wing, took his try well and made vital yards. The hit on Justin Carney by Brad Singleton was a beauty.
I still think that we are nowhere near our potential however beating one of the other teams in the bottom four was vital. After finally admitting he has been bringing players back too early from injury, Brian McDermott did it again with Adam Cuthbertson who didn’t look anywhere close to match fitness.
Salford just seem to not be able to turn it on at Headingley and apart from the chance that should have been scored by Jake Bibby in the first half they looked clueless in attack.
Tomorrow night will be a good test for us at Wakefield who grinded out a win at Huddersfield last Sunday.
I don’t know how Chris Chester has done it, but he has turned Wakefield around into a team that are playing for each other.
We need to watch for the half-backs Liam Finn and Jacob Miller who have formed a formidable partnership.
The target should be to finish at least 10th and get the extra home game especially with our away form this season.
The lads should be full of confidence after last week and I hope they use the victory as a springboard to get some form for the Middle-8s.
Many people, some albeit sarcastically, have congratulated me as Leeds finally ended their tragic losing run! It is great to finally have a win to talk about once again, and better yet that the opposition did not score!
Despite Salford’s poor ability to handle the ball in wet conditions, Leeds defended excellently – the defensive improvement by Leeds over the last fortnight has been severe and will hopefully kick on.
The worry is that Leeds are still struggling to post points, but going to Wakefield tomorrow, Leeds should be confident after an encouraging couple of performances.
Wakefield themselves have been patchy since Magic Weekend and will love nothing more than claiming a double over Leeds, who need to be physically prepared and mentally motivated.
There were some more strong performances in the forwards on Friday evening, Jamie Jones-Buchanan deserved his man-of-the-match award, Mitch Garbutt was once again solid and Keith Galloway made significant improvements on past performances. Danny McGuire also put himself everywhere, which is what the team needs in order to make things happen in attack. If the improvements continue, hopefully Leeds can string up back-to-back wins for the first time this season, with a first away win too.
At last a Leeds Rhinos win to celebrate. It’s been a long time coming.
Not a classic but Leeds found a way to win against a stubborn Salford team.
The weather ensured it would be a close, low scoring game but the most pleasing aspect will be the 0!
To not concede a point after the woeful defence shown in recent games shows significant improvement both in attitude and commitment. The challenge now is to back up this win with another and two points away to Wakefield tomorrow.
As the Middle-8s become more likely, it’s time to start finding some form and consistency whilst welcoming players back from injury.
I see no reason why we can’t win again tomorrow.
Still far too many errors last week, but not a bad overall performance given the conditions. Defence was better again, and not conceding will give the boys the confidence they need going into tomorrow’s match, as will actually getting the win for a change! Bring on Wakey, let’s hope it’s better than last time.
Last Friday, a dreary miserable night accompanied one of the lowest quality games ever played on Headingley’s turf – both teams performed abysmally in the error-strewn affair, with one lucky try separating the two teams.
Leeds’ ball handling skills are non-existent, with players dropping the simplest of passes under little or no pressure from the opposition.
Again Mitch Garbutt put everything into the game and with Keith Galloway performing better every week Leeds finally had some go forward; but with the half-backs performing poorly they had real difficulty getting over the line. This week Leeds are away at an out of form Wakefield, I’m backing another Leeds win and the season to finally get underway.
A Leeds win! For the first time in many months Leeds actually played like a team and not individuals, and they even looked as if they had a game plan. Not scintillating to watch but a solid two points. Can we string two wins together for the first time this season as we face Wakefield tomorrow?