Rhinos head coach Tony Smith took time out after his side's 70-0 thrashing of St Helens to praise former Saint Wayne McDonald, who was due to be dropped for the match.
Rhinos head coach Tony Smith took time out after his side's 70-0 thrashing of St Helens to praise former Saint Wayne McDonald, who was due to be dropped for the match. McDonald had been named as eighteenth man for the game and was expecting to the usual duties with water bottles and holding tackle shields only to find out when he arrived at Headingley that he would be lining up against his former club. Scrum half Andrew Dunemann was ruled out with a stomach bug at the stadium which meant a last minute reshuffle with Kevin Sinfield reverting to stand off, Danny McGuire to scrum half and Willie Poching to loose forward. After the game Smith awarded his Player of the Week after to the 6'7" prop saying, "I have to pay credit to a bloke who this week was due to be dropped, it was a hard decision but it was a mark of the man how he took it in his stride. The fact that he was ready to come in and do a job for us, scoring two tries and putting his hand up for selection next week is the type of spirit we will need if we are going to reach our ultimate goals. "Andrew Dunemann could have played at a push but he took the right decision for his team also. He could have played and not performed to his best so he pulled himself out knowing that he was not right. I'm delighted with all the players efforts and they deserve a pat on the back but we will be humble in victory as we know how hard it can be to stop a team once they are on a roll."
Papua New Guinea Head Coach Adrian Lam was at Headingley Carnegie on Monday night to watch the Rhinos clash with St Helens as he checked out the venue where the Kumuls will take on World Champions New Zealand on Friday 8th November. Make sure you are there to see this exciting clash by visiting www.rlwc2013.com to book your ticket
We received a lovely email this morning from the dad of a family who attended the St Helens game on Monday night that we would like to share with you because it shows the unique atmosphere you help create here on match nights at Headingley Carnegie.