YEP Jury pull no punches in their criticism of Leeds Rhinos’ display at Hull KR

Our fans’ panel were left scratching their heads at Leeds Rhinos’ dismal display at Hull KR on Friday. Here’s what they made of it:

Wednesday, 28th April 2021, 4:20 pm
Updated Wednesday, 28th April 2021, 4:38 pm
Kyle Eastmond shows his frustration after Leeds Rhinos' defeat to Hull KR. Picture: Bruce Rollinson.


Well that was an atrocious performance. Given the team we had out, which was pretty strong, that was as bad as I have seen us play for quite a while and that is saying something as I’ve seen some shockers in the last three or four seasons.

We were completely clueless from start to finish, error ridden and ill disciplined.

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Our jurors were disappointed to see Jack Broadbent, above, relegated to the bench for last Friday’s 26-6 defeat at Hull KR. Picture: Steve Riding.

We offered nothing in attack and apart from embarrassing, it was boring to watch. The Leeds fans like to see some adventure in our play but that was just one-up rugby followed by a high kick.

I’m not sure Kyle Eastmond or Richie Myler put on one play. If we have been working on any attack plays during the long off-season, we must have forgotten them.

Injuries are not an excuse for that performance in attack.

We have, on paper, two winnable games next up starting with a trip to Huddersfield Giants on Sunday and we have put ourselves under real pressure.

Matt Parcell and Dean Hadley stop Mikolaj Oledzki. Picture: Bruce Rollinson.

Lose both and our season will be hanging by a thread with only 25 rounds this year.

Must do better.


Friday was a bit of a shock to the system for many, me included. Whilst I know we had a few players returning from injury, and still have many playing out of position, I expected us to be better.

Brad Dwyer scores Leeds Rhinos' try at Hull KR. Picture: Bruce Rollinson.

We were impressive in the previous two games, so it was disappointing to see us perform so badly, against supposedly weaker opposition. We lacked discipline, made lots of silly errors and, more worryingly, offered very little in attack.

Without taking anything away from Hull KR who I thought were very good, I genuinely believe we are better than the performance we put in.

Huddersfield this Sunday is a big game, and we need to improve. I’d like to see a couple of positional changes – Jack Broadbent deserves to start at full-back, and I’d move Ash Handley to the wing, so he can link up with Hurrell.

One last point – a few weeks back, I commented on the inconsistency of match officials. Well, the disciplinary panel have outdone themselves with the action taken against Bureta Faraimo this week! If I were Zane Tetevano, I’d be feeling pretty hard done by…


For the past few weeks injuries have played a part in gallant defeats for Leeds, however with a number of first-choice players back for the Hull KR game that excuse could no longer wash.

Yes, a number of players were undercooked and not up to Super League speed but the total capitulation Leeds endured against the Robins last Friday was as bad as the Rhinos have experienced for a number of years.

They were comprehensively out-played in every single department.

Discipline and application was missing, summed up by missed tackles, poor defence, lacklustre attack and finally Richie Myler’s ban for questioning the match official’s integrity.

I don’t really know where we go from here, I had hoped that the forwards would lay the platform for the backs to showcase their skills but this was non existent last week.

We have to hope that somehow we spark back into life against Huddersfield Giants on Sunday or the season could be finished before it’s really begun.


Congratulations to Ryan Hall on scoring his 200th Super League try.

Last Friday’s defeat against Hull KR was a very disappointing performance from the Leeds Rhinos. Yes, Leeds had Konrad Hurrell, Ash Handley, Richie Myler and King Vuniyayawa back but that didn’t improve on the mistakes.

Leeds were soon behind on the scoreboard. Once again too many penalties and lack of discipline. I can’t understand why Richard Agar didn’t leave Jack Broadbent at full-back and put Handley on the wing. Options are still limited at half-back so it was no surprise that Myler was partnered with Kyle Eastmond.

The whole team looked slow and sluggish and this was by far the worst performance of the season so far. The Rhinos’ attack never looked threatening and the best two players on the field were Mikolaj Oledzki and Brad Dwyer yet again.

The sooner we get someone out there running the game the better. Leeds could do with a win at Huddersfield but, after last week’s effort, a good performance and an improved attack would be a bonus.


Just when we thought that getting some players back was going to be a real benefit to us against Hull KR last week, we put in a very disappointing display.

We weren’t in the game at any point and Hull KR looked like they could stroll past us at any point. We have now lost Richie Myler again for a two-game suspension for questioning the referee’s decision – although we don’t know what he said, it certainly wouldn’t have been for our ears!

Hopefully we can perform better against Huddersfield Giants this weekend.

They are really struggling to get a win, but are not playing badly.

They’ll be out to hurt us on Sunday but, hopefully, we get back to winning ways.

I am hoping that we have Liam Sutcliffe back for the game as well as Alex Sutcliffe, but the latter might not recover from his injury in time to play on Sunday.

We need to get Jack Broadbent back in at full-back with Ash Handley back on the wing.

I’m pretty sure we won’t see anything like last week again on Sunday.


To say I was apoplectic after last week’s shambles is an understatement; we got five first-team players back and we were as bad as the Our League App that was supposed to be showing the game live for season tickets holders.

The clubs need to get this sorted out with whoever is supplying the streaming service. We buy a season ticket, but can’t get to a game, get a code to watch the match via the app instead and I got 28 minutes on Friday night. It’s not good enough.

Has anyone got any idea why Richard Agar dropped Jack Broadbent to the bench and put our best winger at full-back?

What a stupid decision, where was the sprit and fire that we’ve had in the past two matches against much better sides?

Why we didn’t try to tempt Ryan Hall back to the club is beyond me. We gave a contract to the Briscoes and Hall took Tom over the line like a rag doll, while Luke is a good championship player at best and their defence is very questionable – and I am being kind.

A resurgent Huddersfield Giants side is up next, and I do fear for the result.

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