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Brodie Croft reveals what text message from Rohan Smith said prior to Leigh victory

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Leeds Rhinos played their first game since the sacking of Rohan Smith last night with the club landing an 18-10 win over Leigh Leopards on a night that was all about Rob Burrow.

A crowd of 17,535 turned up at Headingley to honour and pay tribute to Burrow in the first home game since his passing and a Man of the Match performance from Brodie Croft helped honour him in the best way, with a win.

It was quite remarkable given that almost all of the game preparation had been undertaken by Rohan Smith before his surprise departure on Wednesday afternoon. It had been expected that if Smith were to leave then it would have been earlier or after the game, but the Australian and the club parted ways so Friday’s focus could be on Rob Burrow.

Brodie Croft has now spoken to the press and Leeds Rhinos Youtube about that and the focus for Friday night being for the players to ‘do their job’, part of which included honouring Rob.

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‘He sent me a good luck text’ – Brodie Croft speaks on “great guy” Rohan Smith

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Croft was mesmeric in the first half with his two tries having a certain Rob Burrow-esque sparkle about them, the Australian continuing his personal good form in spite of the poor team form that saw Rohan Smith depart.

Speaking about Rohan Smith post-game and the reaction to his departure on Wednesday afternoon, Croft said: “Like Chev said, you have to get on with it. It’s part of the job.

“It has been a whirlwind week, it happened so fast. We touched on it at the captain’s run when we came together. We just had to get on with the job and do it for Rob.”

He even revealed that his countryman had sent him a good luck message, before attesting to the work that Smith had done at Headingley.

“Rohan actually sent me a message this morning, wishing me all the best. He’s done some immense work with this group so it’s unfortunate that we have come to this part of the season where unfortunately he’s not here now.

“He’s done so much work with this group to get us to where we are and he’s just a great guy in general as well. He’s human at the end of the day, we all feel it, but in a sense, we just had to park it and get on with it.”

Interim coach Chev Walker supported those sentiments, explaining: “We’re in the results business, it’s about results, and we get that but he’s laid some real strong foundations throughout the club.

“Kev made inroads and Rohan put some more bits to it so there’s a real strong foundation there for the next man that comes into the fold. They’ll be in a good spot because there’s been a lot of good stuff that’s gone. It’s just the results have not been where any of us would want it to be.”

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