What's on Richard Agar's agenda at Leeds Rhinos following the big win over Warrington Wolves?

RAMPANT LEEDS Rhinos completed a third successive win when they thrashed Warrington Wolves 36-0 at Emerald Headingley – so what will be on boss Richard Agar’s agenda ahead of Thursday’s visit of Toronto Wolfpack?

By Peter Smith
Sunday, 1st March 2020, 4:24 pm
Updated Sunday, 1st March 2020, 4:27 pm
Ava Seumanufagai celebrates his try against Warrington.
Ava Seumanufagai celebrates his try against Warrington.

1: Keeping things in perspective.

Rhinos are only four games into the season and a month ago, after the opening loss to Hull, all was doom and gloom, among the fans if not players and staff.

Things can change quickly and Agar won’t want his side to fall in love with themselves.

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Jack Walker.

There is a long way to go and Rhinos are still developing as a team. All that said though, they deserve to enjoy what was an outstanding win.

2: Guarding against complacency.

Toronto are bottom of the table without a win in five matches, but Agar has reviewed their past games and believes they are a much better side than that record suggests.

Star man Sonny Bill Williams is beginning to find his feet and coach Brian McDermott will have his team – who have nothing to lose and everything to gain – fully fired up.

Ash Handley scores against Warrington.

Leeds were stung by promoted London Broncos early last year and will need to be good this week.

3: Jack Walker’s injury.

The young full-back scored the opening try and was too hot for Warrington to handle before hobbling off with a foot injury midway through the first half.

It’s a position Leeds don’t have much cover in, particularly with Tom Briscoe still sidelined. Rhys Evans was loaned back to Bradford Bulls last week and if Agar opts to draft somebody in, youngster Jack Broadbent is the leading option.

Leeds Rhinos captain Stevie Ward.

However, Richie Myler was excellent as substitute full-back against Warrington and the temptation will be to start him there, with Joe Greenwood coming into the 17 if Walker drops out.

4: Stevie Ward.

With the team going well Rhinos can – rightly – take their time over the captain who has missed three games due to concussion.

The decision to stand him down “indefinitely” – which doesn’t necessarily mean long-term – was the wise course of action, but he is a big influence in the team and a quality player and it will be a relief for all concerned when he is finally given the all-clear.