Super League Sides Struggle With ‘Grinding’ NRL Style, Says Cuthbertson

By STEVE MASCORD SUPER League sides struggle to adapt from their week-to-week freewheeling style to matching the grinding tactics of Australasian teams in the World Club Series, according to Leeds star Adam Cuthbertson. In Sunday’s world title decider at Headingley, the Rhinos matched NRL premiers North Queensland for the first half but were gassed in […]

The A-List: Ryan Hall (:eeds & England)

By STEVE MASCORD HE can solve a Rubik’s Cube in 45 seconds, once addressed his team-mates on how Pythagorus Theorum affects every day life and plays saxophone, piano, guitar and violin. Leeds’ 105kg Ryan Hall may or may not be the best winger in the world – his team-mates call him ‘WBW’ anyway – but […]

FAR & WIDE: Number One 2015

By STEVE MASCORD TOP flight rugby league is kicking off early, and in unusual surrounds, this Sunday when Leeds play the United States Pioneers at the University of Northern Florida in Jacksonville. The Rhinos have been to Florida for pre-season camps three times previously. On this occasion, they have brought in several players from their […]

Decision Not To Join Cronulla Pays Off For Tom

By STEVE MASCORD JUST a few hours before the club he was to join was left holding a likely wooden spoon, Tom Briscoe scored a try before 77,000 people at Wembley on the way to a Challenge Cup winners’ medal. “I think that’s justified me staying in the Super League and choosing the Leeds Rhinos,” […]

Super League round 16: WIGAN 20 LEEDS 16 at Etihad Stadium, Manchester

By SOPHIE ARNOLD LEEDS coach Brian McDermott labelled replacement video referee Ian Smith “anal” as the curtain came down on the Magic Weekend in suitably controversial style. Referees boss Steve Ganson was to have been the eye in the sky for the final game of the carnival weekend at Manchester’s Etihad Stadium but he sensationally […]

Future Of World Club Challenge Hangs In The Balance

By STEVE MASCORD IT’S quite possible that Gary Hetherington beat the Melbourne Storm to Australia at the weekend. While the ultra-professional Storm shipped off home after their solid and entertaining 18-14 win over Leeds on Friday, the Rhinos chief executive also headed to the airport for the 24-hour flight. Melbourne’s mission is to defend their […]

Jesse Bromwich Set To Become Dominant Prop

By STEVE MASCORD TEAM-mates have warned that giant Kiwi Jesse Bromwich’s powerhouse try in the World Club Challenge is but a glimpse of the havoc he’ll wreak on the NRL this year. The 193cm, 110kg Bromwich ripped the clash with Leeds wide open on Friday night by beating four defenders on a 20-metre run to […]

Bellamy Says Some Aussie Clubs Still Don’t Take WCC Seriously

AS the World Club Challenge looks to return to Australia and then expand, victorious Melbourne coach Craig Bellamy last night admitted some NRL premiers still don’t take the concept seriously. Bellamy was speaking after the Storm held off Leeds 18-14 at Headingley, making them the first Australian club to win a WCC decider three times […]

Storm Want WCC In Australia But Coy On Expansion

By STEVE MASCORD MELBOURNE chairman Ron Gauci says he would be happy to host the World Club Challenge at AAMI Park next year – but has withheld support for now on extending the competition in 2015. As the debate over scheduling continues, the Storm say they support plans to move the game to Australia next […]