Another disappointing season for Leeds Rhinos were battling relegation for a good part of the season. Here’s our thoughts on their campaign.
Super League Record
Competition Points: 24
Super League: 8th
Challenge Cup: Round 6
Leeds Rhinos Player of the Year: Ash Handley
What was good about their season?
As the saying goes, it’s not about how you start, it’s how you finish. Leeds finished the season in decent form, winning four of their last six Super League fixtures, to build some positive momentum heading into next season.
They also look a much brighter prospect under new coach Richard Agar, winning as many games as they’ve lost under the Yorkshire-man, than predecessor David Furner.
Another season spent battling relegation could also be a bonus to the Rhinos and shows they need to improve their squad in the off-season to become play-off challengers once again.
What was not so good about their season?
Consistency and recruitment. Leeds won just two of their opening 10 Super League fixtures having gambled on Australian coach and former player Furner and marquee signing Trent Merrin.
Furner’s reign lasted just 14 games, with Merrin struggling to settle following his move from Penrith Panthers, effectively ending their hopes of a top-five finish halfway through the campaign.
Konrad Hurrell was an excellent addition to the squad, but his signing aside, Kevin Sinfield’s direction at the club, as Director of Rugby, may need a re-think in 2020 if the Rhinos are to return to the summit of English Rugby League any time soon.
Who was their best player in 2019?
Ash Handley was by far and away the Rhinos best player in 2019. The 23-year-old enjoyed a fine season in Super League and finished second in the try scoring charts with 22 tries in 28 appearances despite Leeds finishing eighth in the table.
He more than filled the hole left by departing club legend Ryan Hall and was rewarded for his efforts with a place in the England 9’s squad in the inaugural end of season World Cup 9’s competition held in Australia.