This week Jamie reflects on the team's defeat against Wakefield, which was followed by further disappointment at Fish-o-Mania.
I've been beaten like an egg this weekend, first by Wakefield, then by a group of page three girls less than 24 hours later at Fish-o-mania. I tell myself "there are 6 billion people worse off than me in the world", but it sure doesn't feel like it. Friday night there was a noticeably warm reception as we came out for the warm up, creating what looked to be a promising night. However, we managed to jack knife what felt like a sturdy truck ride for 70 minutes, losing control in the final 10, having not been clinical enough take our opportunities and kill the game. Saturday afternoon I travelled to Doncaster's Fish-o-mania determined not to leave my keep net as empty as I was feeling from the night before, but despite two nice carp in my 1-hour leg, the models done us by 1kg. Scruton who is keen to start fishing again said if he couldn't have beaten them, he would have joined them, but I reminded him that despite having a body fit for Baywatch he also has a face fit for Crime Watch, so that wouldn't have been possible. After finishing in an unacceptable 2nd I shot back to the Queens Hotel to meet the rest of the lads for this year's Wild West themed, Rhinos Ladies Night. Bentos (John Bentley) gave out his usual top-notch performance as MC despite Barrie Macs last minute withdrawal; due to a blister on his little toe he picked up on during his 100mile walk last week. The lads enjoyed a civilised occasion with the female congregation of Rhinos' fans, consuming one course of the meal at one table before moving to another table for the next. Monday was a "very" tough day at the office for the boys; referred to in the trade as a "flogging". Bradford's Shock defeat left the table wide open and we're working hard at all disciplines in preparation for the final six weeks; including extra reps on the back exercises to help protect against any stray pitchforks. Keep the faith JJB
Leeds Rhinos Head Coach Brian McDermott says his team's preparations have gone well this week but there is no danger of the Rhinos underestimating a Hull KR side who have produced some impressive performances in the Cup this season.
Leeds Rhinos Chief Executive Gary Hetherington was joined by Jamie Jones-Buchanan and Liam Sutcliffe along with representatives from Hull KR, the RFL and the Parliamentary RL Group at the Cenotaph at Whitehall to pay their respects to those who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.
It will be an emotional occasion for Doreen Ashton, the wife of the late Eric Ashton, tomorrow prior to the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup final when she sees her husband immortalised in bronze as a member of the Rugby League Legends Wembley Statue.