Yesterday Sam Tomkins’ Catalans Dragons side came up short for the first time this season as they lost to Leeds Rhinos 32-22.
Tomkins is of course still out injured so he gave his verdict on the two teams on Channel 4.
During which, he picked out Leeds’ “perfect” player in the shape of new signing Nene MacDonald.
He said of the centre who played on the wing yesterday:
“Leeds have a style where if they see an opportunity, they go and play to it even if it is inside their own 10 metres they just go, ‘let’s go play to it.’
“Nene MacDonald their new signing is a perfect fit for that style of rugby.
“He is a big athletic boy, quick enough to go round people, skilled enough to make the right pass and he can also break tackles.
“For Leeds and the way they play, he is perfect because they’re a momentum team.”
He went on to predict that MacDonald will only get better as the season goes on and given the start MacDonald has made to his Leeds career, averaging 187 metres in his first four games, this is ominous for Super League:
“When they spot a mistake or get on the front foot, they are very tough to stop. With David Fusitu’a on the other side he will score some points but I think Nene MacDonald will be brilliant for Leeds the further we go into the season.”
He also praised the Dragons’ own star signing in Adam Keighran:
“We signed Adam Keighran. He might play centre but he isn’t a runner like Nene, he’s a ball player. He can play six or centre comfortably.
“He has had a great impact at the club.”