In an emotional game at Headingley, as the Leeds faithful welcomed back Rob Burrow to the stadium, the Rhinos did just enough to beat Huddersfield 18-12. It wasn’t a classic showing from the eight-time Super League Champions but they showed enough spirit to get themselves over the line and win for Burrow. Well, that was my view but what was yours? How did social media see the game?
One of the major talking points coming out of the contest was Zane Tetevano’s sin binning. It was simply the latest in a long series of yellow cards for late hits on halfbacks recently and it’s safe to say plenty of fans were disappointed with the decision.
Also, there's a new rule in rugby league- a player looking to throw a pass, particularly a stand off or scrum half, can no longer be touched. They must be allowed to do as they please without interference.
Any contact and you'll be penalised. Maybe sin binned.
— Leeds Rhinos Newsroom (@RhinosNewsroom) August 19, 2021
Well….. just cancel contact in Rugby League if that's a sin bin for Tetevano.
— Joe Binns (@binnsy13) August 19, 2021
Tetevano penalised for being aggressive in a contact sport. All he is doing is what he did every week in NRL which resulted in no penalties. Let them whack each other. Its what fans want
— Liam Plumtree (@LiamPlumtree) August 19, 2021
Tetevano could very well face a ban and when you pair that with the potential injury for stand in skipper Ash Handley, Cameron Smith’s self-isolation and the other injury problems the Rhinos face, it’s easy to see why fans are worried.
Right so we lost Handley and Smith today, we gain back Prior and Martin for Wigan…
— LR-RLFC Fans 🏆 💙💛 (@RhinosFaithful) August 19, 2021
Decent win, especially without Gale, Oledzki, Prior, Martin, Smith, Broadbent etc. Handley injured & Tetevano probably will get a ban too. But that was an utterly dross game. Lui & Gannon were brilliant.
— Drew (@Drew1878_) August 19, 2021
With a number of senior players missing, Leeds looked to the next generation and 17-year-old Morgan Gannon stole the show picking up the Man of the Match with a stunning display. He even had Leeds supporters likening to a Super League legend.
Morgan Gannon is going to be some player
— Ben Duke (@benduke17) August 19, 2021
Morgan Gannon is going to be some player, as good as Morley was at the same age.
— Andy Dowling 💙💛 (@dowling_andy) August 19, 2021
He wasn’t the only Rhino to earn good reviews with the likes of Callum McLelland, Kruise Leeming and a number of other youngsters receiving praise.
I thought all the younger lads were outstanding + leeming. Mclellands best game that for Leeds imo gannons a freak Holroyd played well same with o Connor and Walters too all stood up
— 🦏 (@Woodyy1679) August 19, 2021
But the game lived in the shadow of Rob Burrow. When he came out prior to the match, the whole stadium including the Huddersfield fans applauded and in the seventh minute the stadium again erupted as his name was chanted by all four stands. It was a special night and rugby league supporters from across the country subsequently took to social media to wish the Leeds legend well as he continues to fight Motor Neurone Disease.
— Paul Rourke (@Rourkey1968) August 19, 2021
Jesus, it's more and more heartbreaking everytime you see Rob Burrow. Absolutely devastating.
— Luca Toni 🏴☠️ (@Navan_Lad) August 19, 2021
It so nice that Rob Burrow gets to see that Leeds, and the whole RL world love him. https://t.co/A5rHEsj48w
— Steve Fanning (@northtorontoguy) August 19, 2021
What a truly inspirational bloke, got the heroes welcome he deserves. One Rob Burrow 💪 @Rob7Burrow
— JonP (@jonprecious) August 19, 2021