Kruise now in con­trol as Gi­ants star wel­comes Wool­ford ar­rival

Yorkshire Post - Sports Monday - - RUGBY LEAGUE - DAVE CRAVEN

KRUISE LEEMING is one of Su­per League’s most pe­nalised play­ers this sea­son but the Hud­der­s­field Gi­ants hooker says he has ben­e­fit­ted from “strip­ping” his game right back.

He was the dif­fer­ence on Fri­day, com­ing off the bench to cre­ate two tries and score his first of the sea­son as Gi­ants came from be­hind to win 24-16 at Sal­ford Red Devils.

In the pre­vi­ous two games, Leeming had been yel­low-carded, both times for com­mit­ting a ruck foul di­rectly af­ter his side had been placed on a team warning.

It in­curred the wrath of in­terim coach Chris Thor­man but, as Gi­ants se­cured a fourth straight win to move into eighth, the 22-year-old said: “You have to have a short mem­ory in rugby league. One minute you can be on top of the world and the next minute right at the bottom.

“But I worked hard in the week on my de­fence, con­cen­trat­ing on the ba­sics and the lit­tle things, and I think that paid off. I just thought get my job done and then the good things will come off the back of it and it all did just fall into place.

“My at­tack takes care of it­self. It’s the other things around it. I think this year I’ve been con­cen­trat­ing too much on the big play in­stead of get­ting the lit­tle things right.

“But at Sal­ford I stripped my game right back, made sure my passes were good, made sure I de­fended well and that’s all I thought about. It helped.”

Leeming, whose snip­ing runs and sharp de­liv­ery saw him called into the Eng­land Knights squad ear­lier this year, is looking for­ward to work­ing with new coach Simon Wool­ford, who ar­rived from Aus­tralia in time to see his dis­play on Fri­day.

“He had a chat with me be­fore the game and he seemed re­ally clued up,” he said, about the for­mer Can­berra Raiders hooker.

“I’m ex­cited to work with him as he seems to know a lot about rugby and, ob­vi­ously, he played my po­si­tion so I think I’ll get a lot out of him and I’ll be pick­ing his brains, that’s for sure.”

Next up for Hud­der­s­field is Thurs­day’s Chal­lenge Cup quar­ter-fi­nal against Cata­lans Dragons.

“They’ll be think­ing the same as us – two more games and they’re in a fi­nal – but we’ll be ready,” said Leeming, who is rel­ish­ing the chance to face exEng­land No 9 Michael McIl­lo­rum and Pa­puan rake Paul Ai­ton.

KRUISE LEEMING: Says he will be pick­ing the brains of new Gi­ants coach Simon Wool­ford.

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