Yesterday was a step in the right direction for Leeds.
After a disappointing defeat to St Helens, Rohan Smith’s side had the ideal response when they defeated Hull FC 62-16 with their biggest away score since 2009.
The Rhinos – as they have been under Rohan Smith such as their win at Warrington – were superb in attack and Smith himself noted that it was the best Leeds’ spine had played this season which he felt was a positive shift for the club.
After the game, one member of the spine in Aidan Sezer spoke to the Rhinos’ YouTube channel noting how happy he is with the turnaround of his form after a long term injury as well as the win today.
“It was good mate, we got what we came here to do which was get the two points and we look forward now to the Magic.
“It’s always enjoyable [when the attack is clicking] but I think the tough stuff is underrated when the scoreline gets like it did. I think the positives for me as a half is that we ended our sets pretty well, we kick chased really well and we set the foundations for a win. We scored some nice tries off the back of it.”
He admitted he could do better – especially with regards to the intercept he threw for Darnell McIntosh’s try – but noted he’s feeling good again:
“I could be a bit better. When I threw the intercept I sort of shifted momentum a bit. I need to be better in that area but it was a step in the right direction.
“I’m feeling good, that was the best I’ve felt all year in terms of how my body felt. I’m happy with how I’m feeling in games and with my fitness so hopefully I can keep improving and we keep chalking up some wins.”
He did have some sympathy for Hull FC who went into the game ravaged by injury and suspension. He noted that Leeds have certainly been in the same boat this year: “We understand the predicament they’re in with injuries and suspensions, we’ve had our fair share. It was difficult preparation not knowing what players they were going to field but I thought the focus was on us and we end our sets and play and our identity as a team. I thought it was a step in the right direction today.”