SS.com Messageboard Home Wednesday, November 13, 2019
Latest Articles
rhinoms Superleague ...
rhinoms Superleague ...
rhinoms Superleague ...
rhinoms Superleague ...
rhinoms Superleague ...
Navigation
SS.com Messageboard
Home
Articles
Downloads
Contact Me
Web Links
Photo Gallery
Search
Game Info
2015 1st Team Game Info
2014 1st Team Game Info
2013 1st Team Game Info
2012 1st Team Game Info
2011 1st Team Game Info
2010 1st Team Game Info
2009 1st Team Game Info
2008 1st Team Game Info
2007 1st Team Game Info
2006 1st Team Game Info
2005 1st Team Game Info
Hall of Fame
Tony Smith ('03-'07)
Barrie McDermott ('96-'06)
Merchandise

Click Here
2013 Sponsors List
2012 Sponsors List
2011 Sponsors List
2010 Sponsors List
2009 Sponsors List
2008 Sponsors List
2007 Sponsors List
2006 Sponsors List
2005 Sponsors List
Dannys Absence Gives Youth a Chance
Posted by southstander on February 24 2005 - 10:59:30

Big Loss?

The news that Danny McGuire would miss six to eight weeks as a result of a groin operation came as little surprise to those who have seen him battle against the injury since early pre-season. A chance was taken in the World Club Challenge, and as it happened, it paid off as he led us to victory.

But the problem re-occured in that game, and showed itself in both the Hull and Saints games, it was time for Danny and the Rhinos to bite the bullet and get the problem resolved permanently.

But how big will the loss of 'boy wonder' be to the Rhinos?

McGuire is undoubtedly a key player for the Rhinos, and like the long term loss of Matt Diskin, his absence will be a concern to coaching staff and supporters alike. But while the Rhinos are a stronger side with Danny in the thirteen, his injury doesn't mean that we'll start to plummett down the league...far from it.

This absence seems to have been long planned by McGuire and Tony Smith. The WCC, and two tough openers against Hull and Saints all navigated successfully, the Rhinos now enter a relatively quiet period. So called, easier games against Widnes, Huddersfield, Warrington, Salford and Wakefield are punctuated only by a tough visit to Odsal on Easter Thursday. McGuire should be fit for the opening round of the Challenge Cup on the Week beginning 4th April, although Smith will only risk him if it turns out to be a difficult looking tie.

Where we've lost Danny, there are newer and younger fruits of the Rhinos youth policy waiting to be picked. Initially I believe that Burrow will step up into the scrum-half slot with Dunemann being forced to play the full eighty, switching with the 'pocket rocket' at hooker. Waiting on the sidelines are 2004 Academy Player of the Season Lee Smith and Scott Murrell.

Smith showed up well in pre-season games when covering for Richie Mathers at full-back, and after Richies poor game against Saints, Lee must be close to getting the nod. Scott Murrell is another exciting Rhinos prospect who could use McGuires enforced absence to lay claim to a half-back position. He's returned to the Leeds fold after an impressive loan period with the Broncos last year. I'd feel more comfortable with a long-term half-back partnership between McGuire and Murrell, rather than McGuire and Burrow.

Dannys most likely return will be again the Broncos at Headingley on the 9th April, until then his able deputies will ensure that the Rhinos stay in the running for the top spot in Superleague.

Guest
Username

Password

Remember Me



Register
Lost Password?
Google Adverts
Member Poll
How will the Rhinos fare in the opening fixtures of the two part season?

Top of the pile

Top Four

Top Eight

Bottom Four

You must login to vote.
All The Latest News
YEP
Google Adverts

Whilst every effort is made to ensure that news stories are correct, we cannot be held responsible for errors. However, if you feel any material on this website is copyrighted or incorrect in any way please contact us at loiners@hotmail.com so we can remove it or negotiate copyright permission.

RLFANS.COM, the owners of this website, the RLSA (Rugby League Supporters Association) or the 100% League Network are not responsible for the content of its sub-sites, please email the author of this sub-site if you feel you find an article offensive or of a choice nature that you disagree with.

Email RLFANS.COM's owners admins@rlfans.com if further assistance is required.

(C)1999-2015 RLFANS.COM