Rohan Smith on Brad Dwyer and the man who could replace him at Leeds Rhinos moving forward

It’s been a strange week for Brad Dwyer.

The hooker scored in defeat to Toulouse last week, his coach then confirmed that he would be leaving Leeds at the end of the year despite the injury to Kruise Leeming which surely means that he will feature in Leeds’ strongest 17 for the rest of the season.

Then he came up against his boyhood club and scored a lovely try to nudge Leeds towards a famous victory.

The try clearly meant a lot to him after the news thus week that he’ll be leaving Leeds and after the game his current coach Rohan Smith reflected on the score and Dwyer’s performance: “Brad played well. He was a real threat last week in Toulouse but it just didn’t quite happen for him on the end of some plays.

“He was speaking to me about what his intent was for the week ahead. He just went and did that. He threatened the line a lot of times and we built a bit of pressure and he got the reward.

“It was a very clever play, we were stacked up on that left side looking to run the ball so he sensed the opportunity. It would have been a clever play whether he’d have scored or not.”

One player who looks set to replace Dwyer as the second choice nine after Leeming is Jarrod O;Connor who again started at hooker last night.

He was outstanding notching a lovely assist for Rhyse Martin’s try but also making an outstanding break which led to James Bentley’s try.

Smith was full of praise for O’Connor last night: “Half the game for Jarrod is the same whether at 13 or 9. The defensive side is the same job. It’s really learning the dummyhalf bit. The biggest difference is picking the ball up which doesn’t look that hard but it is.

“Once he’s got the ball, he’s essentially he’s playing his 13 role. He was a threat with the ball and carrying the ball.

“He’s a good strong kid. The boys love him.”

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