Three options Rohan Smith could consider as Leeds Rhinos’ replacement for Aidan Sezer in Grand Final clash against St Helens

Going into the Grand Final, Leeds Rhinos should be riding high and looking forward to an Old Trafford battle with Champions St Helens for the right to claim the Super League title.

However there are a few things for Leeds fans to be anxious about. The Rhinos will be without David Fusitu’a, Harry Newman and Ash Handley and this morning Rohan Smith has ruled out Aidan Sezer and youngster Morgan Gannon.

This of course leaves a big decision for Smith to make in the halves as to who should step into the halves to replace him unless Smith named an inexperienced man like Corey Johnson or Jack Sinfield in the halves.

Richie Myler
The obvious pick would be Richie Myler. Leeds have played brilliantly a lot of this season when he’s been in the halves however he has also been outstanding at fullback especially in Leeds run to the Grand Final. A common try scorer or indeed try creator, it would certainly change the dynamics of Leeds’ attack at a crucial stage. However, they are unlikely lose anything at fullback in fact they may gain something defensively in moving Zak Hardaker at fullback. This would see Rhyse Martin start in the centres but with Gannon out it would surely see Zane Tetevano at second-row once again.

Kruise Leeming
Interesting when Sezer went off at the DW Stadium, skipper Kruise Leeming wasn’t the one Rohan Smith brought onto the field to the surprise of many. He played very well in the halves a lot last season with a surprisingly good kicking game and a running threat. This decision would allow Leeds to keep their backline intact and enable them to recall Rhyse Martin in the second-row. It would also see a return for Brad Dwyer on the bench whose attacking threat could be a key asset on the grandest stage.

Cameron Smith
Should Rohan Smith want to keep his backline intact he may also consider his namesake Cameron Smith. Smith was outstanding in the halves against Wigan earlier this season and gives the Rhinos extra size against a really big St Helens side. Fortunately, Rhyse Martin’s return would see him start in the back-row, Tetevano to 13 and Walters, Thompson and Donaldson.

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