Leeds Rhinos went down 22-20 to Warrington Wolves at Headingley yesterday in a fast and frenetic affair.
However, when delving further behind the scenes, one Leeds player had endured an incredibly difficult week but defied the odds to make it on to the field and almost kick his side to victory.
Rhyse Martin has built a reputation for being a consistent ball-playing forward as well as a superb goalkicker, but that was put to the test more so than normal with news that his father had passed away during the week.
However, the Papua New Guinean international continued to play and produced a classy performance, with teammate Ash Handley speaking about just how much the squad has rallied around Martin.
“I thought Rhyse was outstanding today especially with what has happened this week,” Handley told Leeds TV.
“He has dealt with it really well, we’re all here for him and we love him to bits.”
The Rhinos eventually went down to their visitors with a 16th minute red card to James Bentley hampering Richard Agar’s men from playing their game plan, but still the West Yorkshire side took Warrington all the way, only being denied by a Connor Wrench try.