In this edition of Headingley Insight Tony Smith looks ahead to the Rhinos trip to Salford City Reds this Monday, kick off 6pm.
In this edition of Headingley Insight Tony Smith looks ahead to the Rhinos trip to Salford City Reds this Monday, kick off 6pm. HAVE YOU HAD TO KEEP THE PLAYERS FEET ON THE GROUND AFTER THURSDAYS WIN OVER BRADFORD? It was a fantastic effort by the players but you still only get two points for the win. We took a lot out of the win over Widnes the week before to take into the Bulls game and we kept that progression up in the Bradford match. But we still know there are areas we want to improve on and we will look to do that in the coming week. The game was tough and fast on Thursday and we gave the players Friday off to recover but we have trained all weekend and hopefully we will be in good shape for the trip to the Willows. HOW TOUGH DO YOU THINK THE REDS WILL BE? They are a well drilled side who are well coached by Karl Harrison. They are still full of confidence after last season and they have played well so far this season. They have been unlucky in a couple of games when they deserved more out of the match and I'm sure their coaches will be reminding them of that. They are at home and will want to put us under pressure. We have the utmost respect for them and every two points is very important to this team and we will fight hard to get them on Monday. WILL YOU MAKE ANY CHANGES TO YOUR SIDE FOR MONDAY? Danny Ward will miss out with a knee injury that he picked up against Bradford and we have a number of other players who are carrying injuries. We will give them as much time as possible to prove their fitness. It is tough backing up from Sunday to Thursday and then onto Monday but Salford are in a similar position and both sets of players will give their all on Monday night. We had hoped Gary Connolly would be right for Monday but his ankle injury has still not cleared up and he has an outside chance of being available for Friday's game against Huddersfield. We have named Liam Botham in the twenty man squad and Liam will definitely play some part on Monday. The coaching staff have been very impressed with Liam in the Senior Academy and he has earned his chance in the first team.