Rohan Smith reveals the REAL reasons for Leeds Rhinos struggles

Leeds Rhinos are officially out of the race for Old Trafford after making the Grand Final a year ago with wins over Wigan Warriors and Catalans Dragons but crushing defeats against the two have underlined where the club currently are.

They lost 50-0 to Wigan Warriors which was made worse by the fact they were beaten 61-0 against Catalans Dragons.

This was the club’s worst defeat in Super League and after the game Rohan Smith said on the club’s YouTube channel:

“We’re extremely disappointed with the outcome and the performance. We expect a lot better of ourselves. I think at times we lacked some physicality early on, I thought, to go meet them.

“Then at other times we were just trying too hard individually to solve things, which actually made things a lot harder.

“All of our good defence throughout most of the season and the run we went on last year was based around being very connected and team-orientated with our defensive work and we just lost that a little bit of late.

“A lot of young players, some players that are playing a bit injured and whatnot and trying too hard to get down on confidence and then trying to solve things themselves at times which often makes things harder.”

He explained the other factors working against the Rhinos at the moment as well. He said:

“Yeah, the transition was not intended to have four senior players leave during the season and be unavailable, then you throw five or six injuries on top of that, that’s 10 or 11 of your top 22, 23 players not available. That was never a plan to have that.

“We’re learning some hard lessons and the experiences are tough. They’re tough for all of us and tough for the fans and everyone connected to the club.

“Almost everyone in their career has been through some part of this. Almost every fan has been through some part of this, whoever you follow or whoever you play for or work with. It’s a rough time but we’re just going to fight out of it and finish the season strongly next week.”