Leeds Rhinos begin the Super League season tonight away against Warrington Wolves with the Rhinos hoping to go one better than last year when the Rhinos lost the Grand Final to St Helens.
The Rhinos new number 10 Zane Tetevano, who previously wore 13, is excited by the new season and underlined the improvement in the squad.
“I was actually quite nervous coming in, just seeing how quickly the skill and the fitness level came up,” Tetevano said on the Rhinos YouTube channel.
He has revealed the key role Rohan Smith has played in getting the best out of him: “It’s not even just buttons, sometimes just a bit of calmness around things as well.
It’s not always about being an angry human on the field, there’s a lot more to it.
“Obviously the game is about skill and a bit of toughness as well, but picking and choosing when to play and when to keep calm. I’ve learnt a lot since he’s come here.”
Leeds have some fierce competition in the pack now that Sam Lisone has arrived from the NRL and Justin Sangare has come from Toulouse Olympique.
On them Tetevano said: “It’s good to have them around, I think last year we were around the same body weight and it’s good to have a bit more height and thickness around the squad as well.
“Sam I’ve known him for a while and played against him and I know what kind of player he is, Sanga I’ve helped along the way and I’ve come and just watched him do his thing. Obviously he’s a big lad but something that kind of pops out to me is he’s like a sponge, he wants to learn. He’s a big body, a strong human and only 23-years-old. He just wants to learn and improve and get better at his craft.
“Then Leon Ruan, you know he’s skilful, big and fast and very raw.”
Though Leeds are excited for the new season, the Rhinos would prefer to be in St Helens’ position and fighting for the World Club Challenge.
However, Tetevano has given his verdict on who will win as the Saints take on his former side:
“It’s going to be an awesome game, both good teams. I’m looking forward to it but I’ve got to go with Penrith, Penrith Panthers.”