Played: 23 Won: 8 Draw: 0 Lost: 15 For: 404 Against: 576 Deducted: 0 Points: 16
Played: 7 Won: 6 Draw: 0 Lost: 1 For: 239 Against: 94 Points: 12
After the regular season: 9th
After The Qualifiers: 1st
Player of the Year
Burrow has been a mainstay of the Rhinos squad in a turbulent campaign for the reigning Champions. The 33-year-old has missed just three games all season and has captained the team for most of the year. It is the second time he has won the award having won the title back in 2007.
I don’t think anyone could really explain what happened to Leeds Rhinos last season. They came into the 2016 season on the back of a memorable treble, winning the Grand Final, Challenge Cup and League Leaders Shield. However, they started the season off with four defeats on the spin, conceding 138 points against Warrington, North Queensland Cowboys, Widnes and Catalans, while only scoring 54 points. The season was almost over before it began for Leeds, it seemed every week, we would all say, “oh, this is the week they’ll get back to winning ways”, but it just never came. They struggled throughout, being knocked out of the Challenge Cup in the 6th Round, beaten 36-22 by their rivals, Huddersfield Giants. Then, the humiliation continued as the Rhinos finished 9th and was forced into The Qualifiers, were they would be fighting for their 2017 Super League spot. Class and skill showed in The Qualifiers, as Leeds would win six of their seven games, with considerable ease. But it was still a season to forget for Leeds Rhinos and their supporters.
No Sinfield, Peacock or Leuluai
As the 2016 season came to an end and Leeds lifted their third and final trophy of the season, there was already talk of how they would cope without their key trio, who were finishing their Rhinos career. Many thought they would be missed hugely, while others thought they would cope with the loss, as they had many young players coming up the ranks, with the likes of Ashton Goulding, Ash Handley and Liam Sutcliffe just to name a few.
However, they were missed, Sinfield in particular. The kicking game of Leeds was none existent for a lot of 2016, and you could see the team struggle for ideas. Looking for someone to grab the game by the scruff of the neck and drag them out of trouble, just as Sinfield did is whole career.
Flooding at training facilities
On Boxing Day, 2015, the river Aire, burst its banks and flooded Leeds’ training facility. It seemed to be a recurring excuse through the season, as the reason to their poor form. Was it used as an excuse too much? Maybe, but one massive positive of those floods is that Leeds have now been able to improve and completely revamp their training facility. This can only be a boost to the Rhinos going forward.
If the Kirkstall flooding was such an obstacle to Leeds’ 2016 season, then with the new facilities in place, they should be in a great position to make the most of them for the 2017 season.
Mystery of James Segeyaro
James Segeyaro joined the Rhinos from Penrith in June and is contracted to the Super League side until the end of the 2018 season. However, after the season finished, the Australian returned home and claimed that he was homesick and did not plan on returning back to Leeds in 2017. The Rhinos have since placed a £250,000 valuation on Segeyaro and are considering legal proceedings over an alleged breach of contract.
This is something that Leeds could do with out going into the new season. It looks like Segeyaro will not return, however, Leeds, rightfully, are taking action against him. But it is just a sour situation that will hang over their heads during the 2017 season, with pundits and fans talking about the whole ordeal.
2017 Ins and Outs
Cory Aston (Sheffield Eagles)
Jack Ormondroyd (Featherstone Rovers)
Mitch Achurch (Released)
Zak Hardaker (Castleford Tigers) Loan
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