Last Season Placing: 6th
The Rhinos finally ended their Challenge Cup hoodoo in 2014 but their league campaign left a lot to be desired. Brian McDermott’s men began the season in incredible form and few would have backed against a table-topping campaign, but all that changed after their Magic Weekend defeat to Wigan in May. After that weekend, their fortunes suffered and they scraped through a Challenge Cup quarter-final tie with the Championship’s Leigh Centurions to keep their hopes of silverware alive.
By the half way stage of the season, the Rhinos were still within reach of top spot but they would eventually go on to win no further league games from July 11th. Their league season eventually fizzled out with a shock home defeat at the hands of Catalans Dragons, but their Challenge Cup heroics should not be forgotten.
Jamie Peacock is set for his final year on the pitch and the Leeds, Bradford and Great Britain legend could be in for a huge year as he looks to bow out on a high. Ryan Hall will, as ever, be important over on the left wing while Zak Hardaker will be looking to build on a strong 2014 season this year.
This squad certainly isn’t getting any younger and it could well be said that we caught a glimpse of things to come in the latter half of last season. However, an early finish to the season has seen the Rhinos enjoy a long pre-season so they should be well prepared.
Story of 2015
A quick start will be needed from the Rhinos if they are to avoid any worries of finishing outside the top eight. If they remain injury free, the Rhinos could be on course for a strong season but will find it difficult to qualify for the ‘top four’ play-offs at the end of the season.
League Position: 5th
Try Scorer: Ryan Hall
Top Points Scorer: Kevin Sinfield
Player of the Year: Danny McGuire
Young Player of the Year: Robbie Ward