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Rhinos Most Valuable - Part 3 of 6
Posted by southstander on October 10 2006 - 09:07:04

Just in the 13

Your votes have been counted all year and now we are looking at how you rated the Rhinos players on the basis of their Man of the Match scores divided by the number of appearances.

Today, in the third part of a six part series, we look at positions sixteen to thirteen. These are the players that you rated as 'on the bench' but only one of the four will be wearing Leeds colours next season.

Of the twenty-six players who pulled on the Blue & Amber in 2006 we've already seen big names like Senior, Toopi and Bailey miss out on your top seventeen. In the last part, Lee Smith took the seventeen jersey and today we have three more substitutes and the first 'starter', according to your votes.

16th - Willie Poching - 1.05

Without doubt, Willie is a massive favourite with the Rhinos faithful, although your voting on his performances seems to indicate that he was a solid bench player in 2006 rather than a regular starter. Tony Smith actually gave Willie twelve starts and eight games on the bench, until injury cruelly ended his playing career in the narrow away win at his old club Wakefield.

The no-nonesense big hitter will be missed by team mates and fans alike as he takes up a coaching role within the Rhinos Academy.

Willie managed six tries in 2006 and averaged just over a POS point a game. Good luck for the future Willie.

15th - Matt Diskin - 1.08

Disco scored six tries in twenty-two starts and two substitute appearances. His twenty-six POS points saw him register a score of just over one point a game and sneak onto the bench.

You get the feeling that Matt has still failed to recover from the injury picked up playing for GB in November 2004 which saw him miss most of the 2005 season. When injured he was at the top of his game and possibly the best hooker in the country, recognised by his GB call-up.

2007 will be a make or break season for the 2002 Player of the Season, mediocrity may spell the end of his Rhinos career but we will all hope for the opposite and see Disco, once again, dancing the light fantastic.

14th - Chris Feather - 1.17

The final position on the POS bench goes to prop forward Chris Feather, another player who we've seen for the last time in Blue & Amber. After never really fitting in, Chris's final action for the Rhinos was to assist the U21's life the Senior Academy trophy. He'll now move on to the Bulls who will probably work miracles and turn him into a world class prop.

Chris's 2006 was dogged by injury and demotion to the Academy. He had only six starts and six bench appearances, managing a solitary try in the 60-0 win away at the Harlequins.

It's a shame that Feather didn't make it at the Rhinos, he had the stature, but perhaps not the attitude to be a star.

13th - Chev Walker - 1.22

Chev is just the type of player that the Rhinos needed to hold onto, but ultimately a money-grabbing agent and a desire to broaden his horizons hqave seen us lose him to the 'dark' code as he makes his way to Bath.

Chev had twenty-one starts and two bench appearances and moved between centre and second row. He managed ten tries in the season including a hat-trick in the early season win at home to the Tigers. Chev scored twenty-eight POS points averaging 1.22 and making it into your Rhinos starting line-up.

Chevs departure is a loss to Leeds and a loss to rugby league. Expect to see him playing for the Bulls in a couple of seasons!

Next - 12th to 9th



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