Former Leeds Rhinos hooker Kruise Leeming has explained what he thinks the differences are between the NRL and Super League.
The Eswatini-born hooker, who also spent time at Huddersfield Giants, moved to NRL side Gold Coast Titans earlier this year. During his time in Australia, he made 10 appearances in the NRL and scored twice.
Speaking to the Titans’ club website about the differences between the leagues, the former Rhinos skipper said: “The ball is in play for such a long period of time, I wouldn’t say it’s any quicker than the Super League.”
“I think if you make an error on your own line, you seem to be camped down there for 10-15 minutes, whereas in the Super League the momentum of the game seems to switch a lot quicker”.
He added: “Over here, I feel like once you’ve got momentum, because the teams are good, the players are good, and like I said, there’s not many errors, you seem to keep that momentum for a long period of time in the light of a score, or they’ll put a lot of pressure on you”.
Leeming’s time down under has now come to an end, as he has penned a deal to take him to Super League champions Wigan Warriors for the 2024 season.
Reflecting on his time in Australia, Leeming said: “The Titans will have a special part in my art, in my career. I’ve enjoyed the ups, the downs, I’ve enjoyed playing, I’ve enjoyed the training with the boys.”
“I’ve enjoyed the 80 minutes I’ve got, the five minutes I’ve got, I’ve loved it all, I’ve done it all with a smile on my face.”
He added: “I think that’s a testament to the people that are involved with the club of Gold Coast, the people of Gold Coast, everyone’s just been so welcoming. It’s felt like I’ve been here for 5 years and I’ve been here for five months.”