Leeds Rhinos kicked off their reserves season in style as Chev Walker’s side beat Bradford Bulls Reserves 52-8 at Horsfall Stadium.
Jack Broadbent led the scoring with a hat trick, while Mekhi Bridgeman-Reaney also marked his first appearance of the season with a try with Jack Sinfield excelling as the main playmaker.
👏 A fine individual try for Jack Sinfield as @leedsrhinos Reserves beat Bradford Bulls Reserves 52-8 on Saturday.
— Rugby Football League (@TheRFL) February 28, 2022
A convincing first half performance saw the Rhinos take a 26-0 lead after 40 minutes and they scored exactly the same amount of points in the second-half to register a 52-8 victory.
It was Broadbent’s first opportunity since the start of 2022 to get some minutes under his belt and prove to head coach Richard Agar that he is worthy of a first-team spot.
He said to the club’s YouTube channel: “Obviously I didn’t get to play first team this week so coming to play a standard like this is good and you get to see the up and coming talents who could be in the first team next year and I think a few of them have put performances in that were really good.”
With Featherstone Rovers away at the Halifax Panthers yesterday afternoon in the Challenge Cup, head coach Brian McDermott also wanted his players that weren’t going to play to get valuable game time.
Among those players were Kyle Trout, Loui McConnell and Tom Holmes – all three of whom played for the Rhinos against Bradford yesterday.