This week Jamie Jones-Buchanan reflects on the Rhinos success last Friday, the relegation of Leeds United and a trip to Cardiff this weekend.
Up and Down It's been contrasting weekend for Leeds fans of all sports, Starting at Headingley Carnegie on Friday night. Despite a ropey start, the lads put out another solid performance, with a high scoring but physical game against the Dragons, leaving us top of the tree. Less than 24 hours later, Gibbo, Dany Mags, Danny Williams, Abbo, Tanzey and myself headed down to Elland Road to witness United's last-ditch attempt for Championship survival. The afternoon looked promising with a packed out ground, early goal and blistering heat made hotter by the still fresh Co2 emissions from Lee Smith's short, celebrity weekend flight to Alicante. It all began to deteriorate however with three minutes to go when Ipswich equalised, which later sparked a 300 or so strong Rockport, Lacoste, and Helley Hansen parade (not a genuine fan amongst them) to invade the pitch with 1 minute of injury time to play. With United looking set to go down, the chav congregation of Leeds doing a bicep session on the cross bar and half our Catalan win bonus blown on twister ice pops, it was time to go home and think about the Bulls. It seems ironic that this week, Cardiff plays host to all Super League teams where last weekend Hull City contributed to United's fate by beating Cardiff City. This week could potentially see doom of equal proportions as Hull return, this time in the form of FC and KR on Saturday. Our focus though is on big preparations for the massive game against an in form Bradford Bulls on Sunday. So while you're collecting your tickets this week the lads will be scrounging complementary tickets from one another so we can take more of our friends and family to what should be a fantastic weekend. See you there JJB
Leeds Rhinos star Ben Jones-Bishop admitted he was surprised by all the attention his return to action generated but admitted he was pleased to get his comeback out of the way, especially with an early try to help his team to victory.
18-year-old Jordan Baldwinson paid tribute to his former amateur club Hunslet Warriors after he made his debut for the Rhinos in the win over Widnes, an achievement he said he had dreamt about since he was eight.