Leeds Rhinos Victory and Injury Concerns: A Recap of the Latest Rugby League Match

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Leeds Rhinos Secure Victory over Hull FC, but Injury Concerns Linger

In a tightly contested Super League match on Sunday, Leeds Rhinos emerged victorious over Hull FC with a score of 18-12. However, the win was tinged with concern as one of the Rhinos’ star signings, Paul Momirovski, limped off the field before the hour mark with an ankle injury.

Head coach Rohan Smith confirmed that the club is awaiting the results of a scan to determine the severity of Momirovski’s injury. The ex-NRL centre was replaced by teenager Alfie Edgell, as the Rhinos already have several key players sidelined, including centre Harry Newman and wingers Ash Handley and David Fusitu’a.

Despite the win, the result left some fans feeling deflated, with the team’s head coach acknowledging that the Rhinos have lacked something consistent across the season.

“I think each game this year we’ve lacked something. We haven’t really put it together consistently for 80 minutes,” Smith said.

However, the emergence of young talents, such as debutant Riley Lumb, who earned Man of the Match honors with a first-half brace, provided some positives for the Rhinos. Replacement Edgell also made a strong showing, but it was not enough to appease all fans, who were heard chanting for Smith’s dismissal by the end of the game.

Reflecting on the defensive efforts of his team, Smith praised the performance of the younger players, noting that a 21-year-old and two 18- or 19-year-olds “came up with important plays” in the crucial moments of the game.

With the Rhinos facing London Broncos on Friday, the potential absence of Momirovski could leave them short-handed, as Lachlan Miller may be the only first-choice player available to start in their back five.

The win secures two points for the Rhinos in the Super League standings, but the team’s ongoing injury concerns and the need for more consistent performances will be key priorities as they look to establish themselves as an elite club once again.

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