Rhinos’ Jury: Team selection splits supporter opinion

Joel Moon scores a try in last week's 24-24 draw at Huddersfield Giants.
Joel Moon scores a try in last week's 24-24 draw at Huddersfield Giants.
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Leeds Rhinos’ react to last Thursday’s 24-24 draw at Huddersfield Giants

Name: Anne Bosanquet

Age: 29

Rhinos fan for: 27 years

Lives: Leeds

WE went into the Huddersfield game without Kevin Sinfield after he was not picked for the first time in 15 years.

I think it was a good move, as we need to learn how to work as a team without him going into next season.

It allows the youngsters a chance to develop into the squad.

At the start of the game Danny Brough’s break helped put Huddersfield in the lead with a quick score by Joe Wardle. They then had a try disallowed and we soon answered with a score by Brett Delaney.

The first half then played all in our favour and we were attacking with more dominance than in the last game against Warrington.

Carl Ablett put us ahead. Joel Moon then made a terrific try and then helped Kallum Watkins over. I think Moon had one the best games last week, closely followed by Liam Sutcliffe, who is coming into his own.

We were playing a lot quicker, making good off-loads and working well together.

We ended the first half 14 points in the lead and I thought we had the win. We out-played them in the first half.

The second half was like watching a different team. Huddersfield had most of the play and we switched off at times. We allowed two easy tries in from the off.

Huddersfield could have put a lot more points on the board, had we let our defence slip any further. We had repeated pressure on our line, with Huddersfield keeping up the pace.

Eorl Crabtree made many runs and was Huddersfield Giants’ stand-out for me.

We couldn’t seem to get back into the game and Huddersfield out-played us in the second half.

Towards the end of the game Sutcliffe had a chance to win with a drop goal, which went wide.

Then, in the dying seconds, Rob Burrow unfortunately slipped on the turf, just short of securing a winning try.

We ended the game 24-24 and three points clear of the top of the league.

I think, going forward into the next game against Widnes Vikings, we need to keep up the pressure like we did in the first half.

We need do this for the 80 minutes.

Widnes have played 13 and won four, so I’m hoping we can take the away win.

Name: Graham Poulter

Age: 47

Rhinos fan for: 15 years

Lives: Catterick Garrison

THE GAME at Huddersfield turned out to be a frustration for me, especially in how we started the game – dominant and in total control.

In the second half we seemed to take our foot off the gas and allowed Huddersfield to gain a foothold in the game, along with poor discipline giving away dumb penalties.

We allowed Huddersfield to rattle us.

We have to be mentally stronger, not get sucked into giving away dumb penalties and be more responsible for our discipline. Stop back-chatting to the referee and stay composed.

Disciplined teams win points, trophies, ‘simples’.

I predict a difficult game at Widnes; we have to stay composed and disciplined and the result will be positive!

Name: Dianne Hall

Age: 57

Rhinos fan for: 40 years

Lives: Kirkstall

ANOTHER rollercoaster game from these two teams, Huddersfield and Leeds.

Following on from the round-three game, it was another nail-biter at the end.

It felt like a point lost having kept the Giants at bay until the 65th minute.

I know that we are going to have to cope without Sir Kev next season, but I think that he should have been on the bench instead of JJB, who I felt did not look fully fit yet.

We all know what a threat Danny Brough is and when Brett Delaney went off he started to play again, albeit in the second half.

Perhaps if another Rhino had been given the job as reserve Brough tormentor the game may have been different.

On a positive note, we started like a house on fire after an early score by Huddersfield and thoughts turned to that stunning night at Langtree Park.

The first half was another masterclass in attacking rugby league. Also, defensively we were strong until halfway through the second half when, on the back of some dubious decisions from the officials, we let the Giants back into the game.

Liam Sutcliffe held his nerve to slot a penalty for a draw and Rob Burrow nearly won the game for us at the end.

All of this pales into insignificance after the tragic events in London, however.

Name: Jon Winter

Age: 29

Rhinos fan for: 18 years

Lives: Doncaster

It was a tale of two halves for Leeds Rhinos against Huddersfield; it felt like a loss after the game, but upon reflection a point is good.

I felt we lacked a leader in the second half.

Here’s hoping for an improved performance against Widnes this week.

Name: Craig Tarbotton

Age: 34

Rhinos fan for: 23 years

Lives: Horsforth

A point lost rather than a point gained last Thursday.

Leeds started brightly and kept Huddersfield dangerman Danny Brough quiet in the first half, but the second half was different.

Brough was allowed time and space to control the game and we were lucky to come away with a point.

Name: Jamie Smith

Age: 31

Rhinos fan for: 16 years

Lives: Belle Isle

Well that was one point dropped rather than one point gained for the Rhinos at Huddersfield Giants last time out.

In the first half we showed flashes of our performance away at St Helens, whilst the second half resembled our performance at home against Warrington.

Dropping Sir Kev from the matchday 17 left a lot of us scratching our heads and some will even say that it proved a costly decision.

But Brian McDermott is paid to make those kinds of decisions so, like it or not, we have to trust his judgement.

On the road again on Sunday, this time at Widnes where we have enjoyed quite a bit of success in recent seasons.

And I don’t see this one being any different.