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Brian Carney says Super League coach is under tremendous pressure

Leeds Rhinos season has flattered to deceive at times this season, at good wins have been followed by heavy defeats. However, they have some cause for optimism after a comfortable win against the Castleford Tigers in Super League.

Although Leeds produced a strong performance to see off the Tigers, in reality, the margin of victory could have been wider had the Rhinos been more clinical. They wasted a number of good positions which could have added more gloss to their win at a sunny Headingley.

Coming into the game, head coach, Rohan Smith, had to address numerous questions about the pressure he felt as Leeds boss. This was exacerbated by the announcement that Leeds would add a Sporting Director, to sit above Smith.

Although the win lifts some of the pressure on Smith, he still faces questions about his future.

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Leeds Rhinos boss “under tremendous pressure”

Leeds Rhinos head coach Rohan Smith

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Speaking earlier, Sky Sports pundit, Brian Carney discussed the pressure that Smith faced. Carney believes the pressure that the Leeds coach faces is almost unique in Rugby League, given the expectations from the crowd. Carney stated:

“Their coach (Rohan Smith) is under tremendous pressure to deliver results. There’s no getting away from that.

“They made the announcement during the week that they would be appointing a sporting director over at Headingley to relieve some of the administrative pressure off of Rohan Smith.

“But the South Standers aren’t particularly interested in that right now. They need wins and they need their coach to deliver.”

Leeds currently occupy Super League’s sixth play-off place, at least until Salford Red Devils play the London Broncos on Sunday. They have seven wins from 13 games so far. with games coming up against Hull FC, Leigh Leopards and London Broncos, they will be hoping to put some positive results on the board.

Sporting Director role “doing nothing” for Leeds fans

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Carney’s colleague, Jodie Cunningham, believes fans are right to expect more from the Rhinos at this stage in the season. She believes that the Rhinos’ spine should have gelled faster. Cunningham said:

“In pre-season we were talking about Leeds and the big signings that they were making as if they’re going to be up there contending at the top and they’ve been disappointing.

“They’ve not been able to perform. You’d think that their spine and their combinations would be able to be spot on, especially at this point in the season.

“We’re getting to the halfway point now. You can’t say that things are still bedding in. They’re just not performing and the pressure really is on Rohan now.”

Sam Tomkins believes that the Rhinos fanbase will not be satisfied with the appointment of a Sporting Director. He believes only on field improvements will satisfy the Leeds Rhinos crowd.

I think the Leeds fans want to see a difference on the field. The fact that they’ve announced they’re going to bring in a sporting director will have absolutely no impact on the crowd.

“The crowd want to see wins, they want to see performances you want to see the star players you know performing week in week out.

“So the fact that bringing someone in on the admin side, that’s doing nothing for the Leeds fans.”

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