Rohan Smith confirms star will miss Catalans Dragons game, addresses Chris Hill incident and talks recruitment

Picture by Manuel Blondeau/ - 16/07/2022 - Rugby League Round 19 - Betfred Super League - Toulouse Olympique v Leeds Rhinos - Stade Ernest-Wallon, Toulouse, France - Rohan Smith Head Coach of Leeds Rhinos

For the first time since early in 2015, Leeds have won six league games on the spin and are looking good for playoff rugby.

Despite their form and their dramatic win over Huddersfield on Wednesday it’s still a tough situation for the Rhinos with both Salford and Castleford still just one point behind.

Things have been made worse by the fact their injury worries are begging to mount up as Rohan Smith revealed today with another substantial blow.

“We had a medical day yesterday and a little bit of treatment this morning. We’ve got a whole heap of bumps and bruises to check,” Smith said.

“(David) Fusitu’a has a strain in his calf so he will certainly be out. The others are more awaiting scan results. Liam (Sutliffe) and Morgan (Gannon) are a chance but probably not a strong chance.

“It’s a little bit too early to tell, we’re still 48 hours within a game, but Cam Smith won’t be coming back, and I don’t think anyone else will come back either.”

So Leeds could lose three of the team from Wednesday with David Fusitu’a joining Liam Sutcliffe and Morgan Gannon leaving lots of problems in the backs for the Rhinos.

That’s a blow for Leeds that won’t help settle their attack which Smith hasn’t been happy about it: “We need to improve in attack but everything is quite temporary in sport. You can go from a poor attacking game to a good one if you stick to your principles. We are not stressing out about it and just need to polish things up.

“Not having a stable side has been the case through the whole time since I’ve been here. I think it’s really important you have a squad approach to playing and not a team approach, it needs to go deeper than that. We need to regain a bit of fluency with our attack.”

Smith also opened up about transfer business and the turnaround he expects in his squad: “I don’t think our turnover will be as high as other clubs, we will have a lot of continuity for next year.

“It will probably be all official when the timing is right. There is no fixed timeframe on that.”

Smith of course commented again on the Chris Hill Richie Myler incident that helped turn the game in favour of Leeds on Wednesday.

Smith believed it was a fairly common incident that didn’t deserve a yellow believing they decision to sin bin Hill to be behind the wild response: “I’ve seen the incident, it’s one of those ones that happens lots of times in the game.

“Players are fighting at the play the ball to get the best play they can and sometimes it can get messy.

“Had it been just a penalty with no yellow card, I’m sure it would not have been talked about as much.”

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