Ones to Watch this week
SL. Rd1. Rhinos v Wolves. Sat12thFeb202. © MATTHEW MERRICK PHOTOGRAPHY
Tonight sees Leeds Rhinos aim to bounce back from their opening round defeat by travelling over the Pennines to face Wigan Warriors in round two of the Betfred Super League.
Ahead of the match, here are four players for you to watch out for:
1. Blake Austin
The Rhinos’ final offseason signing Blake Austin is set to make his Super League debut for the club against Wigan. A one match ban ruled the half back out of round one but tonight’s game will see Austin link back up with his former Canberra team mate Aidan Sezer.
Over three years together at the Raiders, the duo led Ricky Stuart to a second place finish in the NRL in their first season, before just missing out on the play offs in 2017 and 2019.
For 2022, the pair are back together at the Rhinos and the timing of Austin’s debut is a boost for Agar’s squad, after Richie Myler left the field with a groin injury last Saturday. With over 100 NRL appearances, and also a strong pre season under his belt, the half back should be ready for a big game against Wigan.
2. Ash Handley
Winger Ash Handley celebrated his 26th birthday earlier this week and he will be hoping to cap it off with a try tonight.
The winger scored the try of the round against Warrington, latching onto Kruise Leeming’s kick to score before the dead ball line in dramatic fashion, and will be a player that Wigan has to stop when he’s in attack. As highlighted in the stats pack, Handley had the most carries out of any Rhinos player on the field against the Wolves (and the joint most in the league with Wakefield’s David Fifita) and he made over 100 gained metres – a feat that Tom Briscoe and Liam Sutcliffe matched too.
Last time out against Wigan, he was the sole try scorer in Leeds’ 8-0 play off win. He will also be up against either Jake Bibby or Liam Marshall, who have both made a strong start to the current campaign with two tries each. Their battle with the Rhinos’ vice captain will certainly be one to watch.
3. Zane Tetevano
Zane Tetevano was in the top three ball-carriers among the Rhinos’ forwards (Rhyse Martin and Cameron Smith only made more) and also made three tackle busts and a line break to boost the Rhinos downfield.
His efforts were one of the reasons why Leeds dominated territory and gave away so few penalites. Defensively, over the 52 minutes the prop was on the field, he completed 23 tackles and only missed two. He also crucially got Leeds on the scoreboard first after James Bentley’s sending off. This allowed the Rhinos to dictate the play and dominate even when there were only eleven or twelve players on the field.
4. Morgan Gannon
Young Morgan Gannon just gets better and better with every game he plays.
A stellar first season earned the 18-year old plaudits around the league and his form continued during the half he played against Warrington. Nine carries saw the forward make 106 total metres (37 of which came post contact) plus, like Tetevano, he managed to pierce Warrington’s defence on a handful of occasions with four tackle breaks and one line break.
Should Gannon face the Warriors, he will be going up against two experienced back rowers in Liam Farrell and John Bateman, but has that ever stopped him before?
Tickets and travel for Leeds Rhinos first away game of the season against Wigan Warriors will be available to purchase online at tickets.therhinos.co.uk and over the phone on 0371 423 1315.
|Advance and Match Day Prices North Stand (Unreserved seating behind posts)|
|Senior Citizens (65+)||£18|
|Adults aged 22 to 24||£20|
|Junior aged 8 to 17||£11|
|Junior Season Members||£5|
|Junior Under 8s*||FREE|
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