Richard Agar’s worrying injury update on Luke Gale and Konrad Hurrell

Richard Agar admitted injuries to Luke Gale and Rob Lui had put a dampener on Leeds Rhinos’ victory over Leigh Centurions.

The Rhinos kept their hopes of a play-off berth alive with a 46-10 win over the winless Leythers in an eight-try rout.

However, both Gale and Hurrell limped off during the win in what could prove to be fresh injury blows for Agar heading into a crucial stage of the season.

Leeds are already without Mikolaj Oledzki, Alex Mellor and Liam Sutcliffe for the season and further injuries could prove to be the biggest obstacle between the Rhinos and the play-off picture.

“We’re guessing at a medial injury,” Agar said of Gale, who was helped from the field in the first-half.

“I thought it was a high tackle for starters, just a dead set high tackle, not that that caused a medial injury. He’s got a brace on.

“Konrad has a boot on his foot, so I’m not quite sure what else this season can throw at us. Fingers crossed, we’re hoping with Luke if it is medial it is low grade but until we get the full picture it’s hard to say.”

Hurrell was visibly hobbling for a prolonged period before being withdrawn during the second half, with Agar explaining why he was kept on the field.

“We flagged it up at half-time but he said he could cope,” Agar said.

“We thought the same, we sent the message to get him off but he said he could manage it. But when the second try came in, that was through Konrad’s slot because he didn’t have the ability to get off the line quick enough. In hindsight, it was brave of Konrad brave playing on, but maybe we should have made the decision to pull him a couple of minutes earlier.”

On the performance, Agar added: “I thought we rolled them down the field really well. We were probably guilty of missing a few execution plays, we probably chased points when they weren’t there but I thought we showed a lot of intent in the first half.

“I thought we had chances to close their try down but I thought apart from that on the ball apart from the final little bits, we did a good job on them.

“The message at half-time was to be a bit more patient and enough opportunities will present themselves and thankfully in the second half we did finish our opportunities and came up with some really good tries.”

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