When you think about match winners, it’s rare that people turn to props especially when they need a try.
However, Mikolaj Oledzki looked like Leeds’ most dangerous player in yesterday’s win over Castleford as they secured their place in the play-offs and after he went close to a try earlier, he helped create the winning try for Aidan Sezer.
After getting through plenty of work, Oledzki busted through a gap created by Cameron Smith’s short pass and offloaded to Richie Myler who put Aidan Sezer over for the try.
What makes this even more impressive is the fact Oledzki is still an ever-present for the Rhinos this season and after the game his coach Rohan Smith singled him out for praise.
He praised his consistency to remain in the side week in, week out as Leeds have lost plenty of players whilst revealing how the big Polish born prop has been able to keep himself fit all season in a tough position with no rests.
“Mikolaj has been a good player for a lot longer than I’ve been here,” Smith said of Oledzki, “In all the different combinations we’ve had this season, we’ve had no fluency in selection other than him. You can see him growing as a kid. He’s a fun kid but he’s got genuine leadership.
“He’s an outstanding professional. He listens to other guys that are experienced in taking care of his body and takes it to another level. He’s a real pro, a good learner, listener and a warrior when he needs to be.”