Last night Leeds took the the cinema script they’d been given which no doubt saw Wigan claim a routine win at Headingley, and threw it out the window as they battered the Warriors 42-12 to the surprise of everything.
It was a win that truly kickstarted Leeds’ play-off hopes and was a major statement by the Rhinos under Rohan Smith. But how did social media see the win?
Well there were plenty of happy Leeds fans one of which identified three outstanding performers in the win last night two of which didn’t really get the credit they deserved.
3 points from tonight.
1. Bentley – aggression and discipline in line is unreal in a leeds shirt. The passion is second to none
2. Newman is an ANIMAL. Love it.
3. O’Connors next contract is a marquee one. Future Leeds & England captain.
— Craig Cockburn (@craigylad91) July 21, 2022
Others praised the collective effort from the whole 17.
1-17 were brilliant tonight. The atmosphere was the best it’s been for a few years as well. Looking forward to the trip to Perpignan on Wednesday now
— David Sharp (@David20Sharp) July 21, 2022
Others believed it was a statement win like the Rhinos’ 40-4 triumph over Warrington earlier this campaign.
The win at Warrington was massive think this is bigger 👌 Enjoyed that one guys 💙💛🦏!
— GRACE Scaffolding (YORKSHIRE) Limited (@gracescaffyorks) July 21, 2022
A season best performance from the Rhinos to batter the high flying Warriors, some believed it was Leeds’ best performance in years and it’s hard to argue with that assessment.
Best performance in years. Time to push on now!
— Ryan (@ryanlr96) July 21, 2022
That was one sweet tweet from a 70 year old Rhinos fan in response to the win: the perfect birthday present.
Best present for a 70 year old Leeds Fan
Well Done Leeds Rhinos Ladies Team
Bravo Leeds Rhinos Mens Team pic.twitter.com/8Q0GxvKt2j
— Horse Makovitz (@Ron_Shirt) July 21, 2022
As per usual when Leeds win, there was of course a backlash from rival fans who were keen to knock the happy Rhinos fans down a few pegs…
Beaten by Toulouse last week….. https://t.co/a2td7r8B94
— TruthTalkingMaverick (@TruthTalkingMav) July 21, 2022
But Leeds’ fans positivity couldn’t be quelled as they praised players like Jarrod O’Connor and Richie Myler both of whom played out of position in the spine.
— Jamie Wallace (@jwallace14) July 21, 2022
Much maligned by a lot of Leeds fans, but Richie Myler
Played at the line, defended well on the edge and kicked superbly
— Andy G (@BornAgainBantam) July 21, 2022
Mr O’Connor was replaced by the brilliant Brad Dwyer who notched a try late in the game.
It was an emotional moment for a player set to leave Headingley at the end of this season and he shared those emotions on Twitter too.
— Brad dwyer (@DwyerBrad) July 22, 2022
That wasn’t the only lovely moment with the Rhinos themselves sharing brilliant moments from Harry Newman and Muizz Mustapha.
Things we like to see…
Good to see you back @Harry3Newman
— Leeds Rhinos (@leedsrhinos) July 21, 2022
Smiles all round after this @MuizzMustapha try! 😄
— Leeds Rhinos (@leedsrhinos) July 22, 2022
I must admit the best tweet of the night surely came from ourselves.
Cameron Smith or Danny McGuire? I see no difference…
— Leeds Rhinos News (@Rhinos_News) July 21, 2022