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“Get him out” – Leeds Rhinos fans enraged as fury boils over after St Helens hammering

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Leeds Rhinos have suffered yet another embarrassing defeat with St Helens putting them to the sword at The Totally Wicked Stadium and it’s a loss that’s seen fans turn on head coach Rohan Smith.

There has been discontent among the Leeds Rhinos faithful at times this season already with boos and chants of ‘We want Rohan out’ having featured post-match after both losses and wins. However, it seems that tonight’s heavy defeat against St Helens has tipped the scales.

Leeds would eventually lose 40-10 but they actually took the lead through Ash Handley and were only trailing 12-6 at half-time thanks to a 39th-minute score from Mose Mbye. There were suggestions that Curtis Sironen was “robbed” of a try but Leeds had kept it just tight enough to keep themselves in the game.

That quickly changed in the second half though with Daryl Clark and Jack Welsby both scoring before the 50-minute mark to extend the lead to 24-6. There was a glimmer of hope when Luis Roberts scored but it quickly disappeared when Sironen finally got his try just after the hour mark.

Minutes later Tommy Makinson would score his 200th for the club and Jack Welsby then bagged a second of his own to take the scoreline to an embarrassing 40-10.

Whilst there have been factions of discontent among Leeds Rhinos fans previously, does this heavy defeat mark the moment the scale tips and the consensus becomes ‘Rohan out’?

Leeds Rhinos hammered by St Helens

The loss to St Helens marked the sixth in Super League for Leeds Rhinos but they still remain just two points outside the playoffs. Instead, it’s the nature of the losses that have pushed fans to the point of calling for Rohan Smith’s job.

Defeat in Perpignan two weeks ago was viewed as a season-low with few to zero positives able to be taken from it, however, tonight’s loss at The Totally Wicked Stadium might be a notch lower.

St Helens are a table-topping side but their attack has only managed to pile on the points against Super League’s bottom three sides, until Leeds tonight. 60 points against Castleford, 58 against Hull FC, 40 against both London Broncos and Hull FC.

Paul Wellens’ side average just over 16 points against all other opponents which highlight Leeds Rhinos’ defensive frailties and that lack of defence, among plenty of other things, has been called out by plenty of fans.

Is it time for Rohan Smith to go?

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“Smith should probably walk now,” was the assessment of the most-liked comment in response to the club’s post confirming the result tonight. That commenter would go on to argue that Smith has “lost the fans”.

Another asked: “How much longer is this going to be allowed to go on for? Saints missing half their pack and we still couldn’t compete.”

Whilst social media is a hotbed for negativity, there is often some positivity but even that what was hard to find tonight with the only solace for Rohan Smith being that not all the blame was placed on him.

The Leeds Rhinos players were held to account by plenty of fans with one fan commenting: “The players need to step up, basic errors costing us every game and some just look uninterested. Massively under-performing.”

Considering that CEO Gary Hetherington said in the pre-season, after the acquisition of Brodie Croft and Andy Ackers, that their recruitment marked the single-highest expense since the arrival of Iestyn Harris at the end of the 20th century, then it is clear that the players are underperforming.

The hopeless nature of the club was summed up by former Super League official Richard Silverwood who posted shortly after the game on social media pleading with Gary Hetherington to make changes.

“Gary, please put him out of his misery. Leeds are a fantastic club with great fans. They deserve better. The squad looks deflated and devoid of ideas.”

With Castleford Tigers, Hull FC and London Broncos around the corner, Gary Hetherington will have a huge decision to make as to if he backs his man or if he listens to the ever-growing calls for change.

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