For Leeds boss Richard Agar, the past few weeks have been extremely difficult.
From trying to keep a team together tore apart by COVID, to trying to field a team for this weekend’s clash against Salford, it’s not exactly been the easiest experience of Agar’s career.
“We had a good win last time out, then we had a bye week for the semi-finals and then we got shut down for ten days which brings its own complications,” Agar said.
“We’ve had people that have had COVID and been pretty sick with it.
“As everybody knows, we have ten days shut down and then seven days to return to play so training has been disrupted and disjointed.
“Then throw in a test match where we have five guys out – we were supposed to play Friday, but were unable to raise a team.
“I understand Salford’s frustration to move the game because we are back on again Thursday – we have a very congested fixture list.
“It’s not been smooth but it’s not just us, the rest of the competition has had a lot to contend with the past few weeks.”
The Leeds head coach is, however, optimistic that some of his players will return in time.
“We do have a couple more returning to play today, tomorrow and even Sunday and we are planning that those boys involved in the test will back up.
“We have not named a team because it’s futile – we have two middle front rowers involved and we need to see how they come out of it, and obviously a halfback and a hooker in there and Ash Handley is on the bench.
“It’s a play-it-by-ear job – it’s quite difficult and quite disappointing because we felt we had really turned a corner.”