Leeds boss Richard Agar says the team has taken a new approach to pre-season training as they aim to challenge for silverware once more in 2020.
Under Dave Furner, the Rhinos made a shaky start to last season and Agar has confirmed he’s made some changes to training processes, which the players have responded positively to.
Agar said: “We’ve purposely trained a slightly different way this year, stayed away from the team-on-team stuff, and I’m confident we’ve got smart enough players so that it’ll sink in pretty quickly.
“We’ve had a couple of weeks of it now and I thought we looked OK.”
The Rhinos coach also emphasised the importance of a ‘team first’ approach to matches, insisting he wants to see the collective unit make a positive impression, rather than individuals.
“We talked before the Boxing Day game about looking like a team and, while first impressions are important, we didn’t want those first impressions to be about any one particular individual wanting to stand out and do his own thing.
“We thought it was really important that we did it collectively and to try and work on some of the things we’ve been practising.
“We knew we wouldn’t be the finished article, and there’s lots of stuff we can brush up on, but I collectively we worked hard and we talked for each other
“Defensively we looked pretty strong, we scrambled well when we had to.”
The Rhinos were comfortable winners against Wakefield, but Agar was quick to play down the importance of the scoreline.
“The result in some ways is insignificant and it’s more about what we can take out of the performance to see where we’re at.
“At this stage of the year you’re practising against each other, so to do it against somebody different and do different things was a good exercise.”