Leeds Rhinos did well today as they took on the Leigh Leopards despite losing 14-12 thanks to a late Zak Hardaker try.
The Rhinos led 12-8 at halftime thanks to tries from debutant Luis Roberts and Kruise Leeming.
Then Smith brought on his younger players who defended magnificently.
After the game, Smith gave his verdict on the match: “Good conditioning, good hit out, good tough game.
“Heavy field in the middle so it was good conditioning, we had a decent brand of what we’re trying to create without executing too well. The process stuff was pretty steady today.
“Both halves of the game were pretty hard fought, it’s almost impossible to tell in friendlies when people are coming and going to see what the strength of the opposition is but Gannon and Sinny did well. I was pretty positive with how we played overall.
“I didn’t check the numbers but I would say we didn’t have much field position today but that doesn’t phase us too much. We looked comfortable.”
He did admit that some moments let them down including an interesting one around the play the ball ahead of Leutele’s try:
“We had a couple of moments, an interesting pay the ball where the vocab on the referees mic could be interesting.
“But in the end it was a good hard game of football today and that’s what we were concerned about.”