1 Down, Many More To Go

 

After what seemed like an endless wait the Super League season returned to Headingley last night where Leeds took on Hull in the first game of the season.

Leeds looked reasonably sharp throughout the whole game with some excellent ball handling, open rugby and good defence against a strong Hull team Рcould the new pitch be helping complement their style of play? Restricting the opposition to only one try in the first game of the season is a fantastic effort. As the game wore on it felt more and more like once Leeds got their noses in front the  flood gates would open.

Hull weren’t helped by the loss of Gareth Ellis just before the kick-off; I was looking forwards to seeing him back at Headingley. For most of the game though they were more than a match for Leeds, but once Leeds got more and more of the possession the result was never in doubt.

Leeds have to start the season with some good form if their are to stand a chance of beating Melbourne in the World Club Challenge, but last night’s performance was a whole lot better than I had imagined it would be. I wouldn’t have been surprised had we lost the game.

It’s only the first game of the season and not much can be read into it, but Leeds look to have started their title defence in the same fashion as they finished the season last year.

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