Leeds Rhinos: YEP Jury give their verdicts on the defeat to Huddersfield Giants

GOT HIM: Leeds Rhinos' Jimmy Keinhorst is caught by Giants' Leroy Cudjoe. Picture by Tony Johnson.
GOT HIM: Leeds Rhinos' Jimmy Keinhorst is caught by Giants' Leroy Cudjoe. Picture by Tony Johnson.
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Our YEP Jury have their say on Leeds Rhinos’ 22-14 loss at Huddersfield Giants.

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ANDREW RICHARDSON

Last week, Leeds didn’t arrive on the pitch for 60 minutes and once they did the performance was yet again underwhelming.

Huddersfield have been a poor side all year, but had more passion, drive and motivation to win the game than Leeds, who appear to have taken their foot off the gas now their Super League status is secured.

On Monday night, Leeds’ annual award ceremony took place and despite a poor season there have been a small number of notable players.

Jimmy Keinhorst was my choice for fans’ player of the year and deservedly won the award. It’s disappointing he didn’t win the club’s player of the year after such a great season. When Leeds were down, Keinhorst always performed and put in the extra effort that other players struggled to find.

Jordan Lilley was deserving of the YEP’s Shooting Star award. After a long spell in the first team due to various injuries, Lilley stepped up to the plate, provided organisation and at times dragged the team on to the front foot.

He certainly isn’t the complete player yet, but given his age and inexperience he more than fulfilled expectations. He’s proved his capability through his consistent goal kicking, providing a much needed source of points in a season littered with close games.

Try of the season also went to Keinhorst who finished a sublime move away at St Helens. At this point in the season, things were beginning to look up for Leeds and this defeat very much deflated the squad.

This game was one of the only ones where Leeds’ attack returned to almost full form, breaking down defences and playing an off-the-cuff style resulting in some spectacular tries. Another well-deserved award.

This week Leeds face Leigh at Headingley for the final Super League game to take place with the South Stand still in place. Although the stand is in desperate need of rejuvenation it will be sad to see it go. The game is important for Leeds to win and send us into next season on a high. It is bound to be tight, but I believe Leigh will want the win more and emerge victorious.

ANDREW SUTCLIFFE

The Leigh game tonight will finally draw the curtain on what has been a dismal, disappointing season all round.

The game against Huddersfield last Sunday epitomises the season as a whole. The team looked to be at sixes and sevens, lacking ideas with no particular direction on the field. A poor kicking game, poor discipline, and a referee who seemed intent on trying to penalise Leeds out of the game.

With the score 20-0 to the Giants, there seemed to be no way back and a feeling of deja-vu gripped the many loyal Rhinos fans who had travelled for the game.

Once again the season-long injury hoodoo struck again as first Carl Ablett, then Keith Galloway limped off, followed by Jordan Lilley and finally Rob Burrow.

Although the Rhinos finally managed to get themselves sorted out and put together a purple patch midway through the second half which produced three tries, they were never in a position to get themselves in front and Huddersfield deserved the points.

If, and it probably is a big if, we manage to put one over Leigh in the final game, Leeds can still complete the season by winning the Qualifiers, but with the current injury list and the ridiculous quick turnaround, what kind of team will be available is anyone’s guess.

KATIE BURROWS

We’re definitely falling back into bad habits and old ways looking at the Huddersfield game.

We were clearly lacking in discipline and made too many silly errors – pretty much the story of our season.

We could struggle this week against Leigh, especially looking at the mounting injury list. Leigh will want to prove that they are more than a match for any Super League team, and I’m sure the perfect end to what has been a great year for them would be to hammer the current – at least for another couple of weeks anyway – champions.

It’s disappointing that the last game of the season will be on a Thursday night – well done Sky – but I’m hoping for a great atmosphere and brilliant home support as usual.

ELIZABETH HAWKHEAD

One of the worst Rhinos performances I have seen all year. Too many errors and too ill-disciplined.

Considering that Leeds were almost at full strength at the start of the match (only McGuire, Hall and Garbutt missing) I am worried for 2017. Leeds’ defence was shocking and up to the 60th minute we had no idea how to break down Huddersfield’s defence.

In the last 15 minutes, Leeds threw caution to the wind and actually started to play some flowing rugby, but why wait until then?

I expect Leeds will have some selection issues for tonight as so many injuries were sustained on Sunday. It looks as if a Championship team could end up top of the qualifiers. I predict Salford versus Huddersfield for the £1m game.

THOMAS LAWRENCE

Well, last week I said that Leeds would need to up their game in order to come away from Huddersfield with anything, and they simply didn’t.

It was a promising last 20 minutes, but just like the most part of the season – too little, too late. Hopefully we can finish the season on a positive note!

LUKE CROSSFIELD

You could tell we were in holiday mood on Sunday. That first half was another dire performance we have come to expect this season, but we did show some fight in the second half.

I was happy to see Jimmy Keinhorst get fans’ player of the year, he got my vote and deserved the award.

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