Easy Win For The Rhinos, But It Could Have Been More

Kevin Sinfield

Last night’s score line suggests an easy win for Leeds against Salford, and in truth it was. Leeds battled against a determined Salford side that rarely looked like troubling the try line. The team played well and Joel Moon looks like a quality signing – could he be the missing player we have needed since Keith Senior left? The South Stand’s reaction when Senior came onto the pitch at half time showed that they’d not forgotten Senior’s contributions over the last few years.

But the game could have been so much better if someone had taken Robert Hicks’ whistle away from him. Time and again he blew for needless penalties and slowed the game down, which no doubt frustrated both sides (as well as the fans) who were clearly there to play and watch a game of Rugby.

Both sides were put on a warning, yet he continued to blow for penalties – I thought the next stage after a warning was a sin binning? Every year we complain about the inconsistency of referees and here was another prime example. If either side isn’t towing the line the easiest remedy is to take action and send someone to the sin bin. The players usually get the idea soon after!

Had the game been allowed to flow I think that the final score line would have been much higher than it was. Leeds seemed to make ground very easily and looked very dangerous, all of which bodes well for next week against Melbourne; although the yards will be harder to gain no doubt.

All in all it was a good result to take into next week’s game, but Melbourne will be a totally different test to what Hull, Castleford and Salford have been so far.

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