Rohan Smith reveals mixed injury news as Leeds Rhinos hit with blow ahead of Catalans Dragons clash

Leeds Rhinos will no doubt be very positive at the moment. Thanks to two terrific tries late in their game against Castleford, the Rhinos are play-off bound.

The winner came via Aidan Sezer after a short ball from Cam Smith put Mikolaj Oledzki through half a gap before he offloaded to Richie Myler who put Sezer over for the try.

Myler was involved in the leveller too when he caught Castleford’s kick inside his own half picked out Zak Hardaker who cut through the Cas chasers before sending Kruise Leeming over for the try.

Hardaker by this point was operating on the left wing in place of the injured Ash Handley and after the game Leeds coach Rohan Smith gave an update on the Leeds vice captain.

“He’s got a decent ankle injury,” Smith said, “He won’t be playing next week.”

Another of Leeds’ most potent attacking weapons also went off injured in the shape of hooker Brad Dwyer however it was less damning news for the Rhinos number 14: “He banged knees really hard which can initially hurt real bad. He tried to get through it but at that time in the game we didn’t have time. I don’t think it’s anything serious.”

Meanwhile Blake Austin who went into the game came through the contest unscathed: “I think he came through fine. He really tried to lead the way and being direct, he was running hard and I thought he did a good job at trying to get us on the right path.”

In terms of potential returnees for the Catalans clash next week as the two teams meet in the first week of the play-offs, Handley will not be replaced by David Fusitu’a according to the Leeds boss: “Yeah unlikely that Fusitu’a will be back for Friday.”

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