Aidan Sezer suffers injury blow in Leeds defeat at Leigh

Drew Darbyshire
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Leeds coach Rohan Smith has explained why half-back Aidan Sezer left the action in the second half of their 20-6 defeat at Leigh.

Smith was forced to make a couple of positional changes shortly after the second half restart which saw winger Liam Tindall come off the bench.

Full-back Richie Myler moved into the halves, with winger Ash Handley playing the rest of the game at full-back, with Tindall on the wing in place of Sezer.

Speaking after the game, Smith said: “At the backend of the first half he (Aidan Sezer) was struggling to get around with a quad issue.

“He couldn’t remember a moment but he couldn’t get into a proper stride. They’ve assessed him, they’re not sure what it is but he isn’t right.”

Harry Newman suffered a scare in the last tackle of the game, but thankfully he appears to be okay.

Smith added: “He got a scare there with the tackle at the end, which is the case with those types of tackle. Ankle, it was ankle he was scared about.”

Rohan Smith disappointed with Leeds display in Leigh defeat

The Rhinos endured another poor start to a match, having gone 16-0 after 18 minutes.

The returning James Bentley pulled one back for Leeds just before half-time but they were kept scoreless in the second half by the impressive Leopards.

Smith said: “We were pretty ordinary defensively and gave them a good start. We started to chase the scoreboard way too early which led to errors.

“In the second half we were winning the energy battle but we had poor execution. But credit to them (Leigh), they executed some plays really well so they can’t go without credit but they were also plays we had prepared for.

“We didn’t execute, the play selection wasn’t there and there was a lack of patience. Also, at times it was too lateral for my liking.

“It was a sluggish start with some defensive moments which cost us the points. The answers are all in that dressing room. We will assess things and see how we are looking after the international break.

“I thought the bulk of times we have got ourselves into trouble was because of an over willingness to play our way out from the back.”

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