Agar confirms double break for Newman
Leeds Rhinos Head Coach Richard Agar confirmed that centre Harry Newman had suffered a double break to his lower leg in the first half of the Rhinos 41-16 win over Hull KR.
Newman suffered tibia and fibula fracture in a tackle and was taken to hospital immediately for further assessment and treatment.
After the game Agar told the post match press conference, “He’s definitely broken his leg. Tib and fib we think, there was some fear he had done something to his hip as well but they are saying that it settled down in the ambulance so he’s on his way to get x-rays and it’ll depend on what the x-rays tell us, how they operate and what the next step is. If it’s screws or a pot, we estimate it’ll be a three to six month job.
“You could hear him in a lot of distress from the stands. We love him to bits, he’s a great young player with the world at his feet and plenty to strive for this year with selection in the England squad; it’s a big blow for him and we’re right there with him. We’ll do the utmost to keep his spirits high, give him the best possible care and look after him in what is a tough time. It’s typical Harry as he’s coming off on the stretcher gave us a thumbs up. He’s a great kid and a great rugby player and it’s always difficult when you cop for an injury like this,” added Agar.
Reflecting on the game as a whole, Agar felt there was room for improvement from his side. He commented, “We defended our goal line pretty well throughout but copped for a couple of cheap tries. I think we switched off on the second one. They are a team that can create problems with their offloading game and we didn’t do good enough job compared to last week. Comparing both performances, we weren’t as good in that area of the game. I think we created fourteen line breaks and scored seven tries so the boys have come off disappointed that they could have put a bigger gap at half time. At 24-6 we felt we had a lot more play and line breaking in us and squandered a number of chances within that, but we also get the fact that when you blow out to an early lead, probably at times the way we attacked we created a lot and encouraged us to overpromote the ball. We can’t be too disappointed and despite the injury to Harry, we got the job done early.”
The Rhinos boss looked ahead to a busy week for this side with a clash against Catalans Dragons on Wednesday at Emerald Headingley followed by the Coral Challenge Cup semi final against Wigan at St Helens next Saturday. He added, “It’s a different sort of season. We will definitely rotate for the Catalans game. For the bulk of the players that played today, it will be rest and recovery and preparing one team for a Challenge Cup semi-final while we prepare a less experienced team to come up against Catalans Dragons on Wednesday. I think it’s just a case of taking each game as it comes because there are so many different circumstances every week, some of them are in the week and some are unknown, so I think it’ll be a case of week by week, look at the hand we’ve been dealt. At the moment, we’re in a semi-final and the top four but there is still a long time to go and a lot more to come but as a team we believe. We’re a together team and we do believe that when we get our best game out there, we can trouble most teams in the comp.”