This Leeds Rhinos side defies convention.
They don’t do things the normal way.
A good example would be in defence they have what others have described as “a passive defence” as they are willing to allow their opponents to make metres backing their cover defence and their ability to make metres going the other way.
They are also a side who goes after opportunities when they arrive as we saw yesterday when Blake Austin came up with a crossfield kick in his own 10 metres.
But one consistent way in which Leeds have surprised people is with their short kick-offs.
These are often reserved for when teams are trailing late in games but Leeds are willing to use them at any point in a game this season.
We saw Leeds use them twice yesterday with one coming off after they went 6-0 down and the other leading to a Ben Garcia break after the Rhinos went 16-8 down.
Speaking on Channel 4, former Super League star Kyle Amor slammed this tactic:
“I don’t like it. I don’t understand the mindset of the short kick off.
“They opened the 2023 Super League season at Warrington with three short kick offs and Warrington made them pay the price and they have done it again.
“The mindset should be kick the ball long and get after them defensively not finding a different way out.”