Rhinos Loan Watch: Broadbent shines as Walker and Edwards find it tough

Picture by Phil Daly/Leeds Rhinos/SWpix.com - 26/04/2022 - Rugby League - Super League - Leeds Rhinos Training - Kirkstall Lane, Leeds, England - Jack Broadbent.

As Leeds suffered a tough defeat in Toulouse, there were three other players in action across this weekend who are on the books at Headingley.

The trio of Jack Walker, Jack Broadbent and Levi Edwards are currently out on loan from the Rhinos at present, and all three started for their respective teams.

Here is a round-up of their individual performances, as they look to impress in order to get more first-team opportunities upon their return under Rohan Smith.

Jack Walker (Hull FC)

After a Man of the Match performance on his derby debut against Hull KR at Magic Weekend, Walker would have been hoping to kick on even further in his second game at the Black and Whites. Unfortunately, it turned into a nightmare as FC were nilled in a 60-0 humiliation at the DW Stadium. It started well enough though, as Jack was responsible for stopping an early breakaway from Bevan French, after the Wigan man made an interception and started the jets towards the whitewash. However, French would make amends from his perspective as he went in for a Super League record SEVEN tries on the night. No Hull FC player really came out of the game with their stock boosted, and Jack was no exception. There was no lack of effort from the fullback, but he struggled at points dealing with some of Harry Smith’s kicks. He’ll look to put it swiftly behind him as Hull FC welcome Cas this coming Friday.

Jack Broadbent (Featherstone Rovers)

There was another Leeds loanee called Jack at fullback this weekend as Jack Broadbent once again took the no.1 role for Featherstone as they travelled to Cumbria to take on Whitehaven. Similar to the previous week, it was a high scoring affair with Fev once again the victors – Rovers prevailing 46-24 in a hard-fought contest. Broadbent managed to get on the scoresheet, too, after some great work by Jack Bussey, who bust the tackle to leave himself and Broadbent in a two on one with the defender, and he passed to our Jack who used his sublime acceleration to rocket away and touch down to contribute a sweet four points to the total. He did everything as well as he could have done and added a try as a cherry on top of another good performance for Brian McDermott’s side.

Levi Edwards (York City Knights)

Levi’s Knights were once again chosen for Premier Sports coverage as they took on Batley Bulldogs. And, like the week before in front of the Premier Sports cameras, they succumbed to defeat, 32-16 at the LNER Stadium. Edwards was his usual livewire self, making numerous tricky runs and causing the opposition defence issues, creating chances and openings through his hard work. On the whole it was another positive display in the hoops of York from Levi, though he may look to improve his defence after Batley targeted his side with success on numerous occasions. Next week our two Championship loanees face one another, as Broadbent’s Rovers take on Edwards’ Knights.

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