M j M Posted August 13, 2018 Share Posted August 13, 2018 It's hard to imagine that the Millennium Magic win over Bradford in 2007 could ever be remembered for anything other than the refereeing scandal (where Steve Ganson failed to send of Terry Newton for an off the ball assault on Jamie Thackray, leaving Leeds struggling to a popular and heroic last second win). But that game was actually the one in which Ryan Hall made his debut, off the bench. Ever since his frankly almost impossible try in the Grand Final of 2008 he's consistently produced the goods for Leeds and for England and his finishing has got better and better over the years. If anything his form has sometimes run counter to Leeds's - he was poor in some spells of 2015, quite good when he played in 2016 and has probably been the best player this year. My only regret is what might have been had Senior played on a little longer or Senior's replacement been able to give Hall more ball. Unfortunately we brought in a centre whose preference is not to draw a man and pass so Hall's try-scoring rates dropped off precipitously. The team's consistently poor regular season form and unstructured play under McDermott also didn't help. But I do wonder if he had continued scoring 30+ tries a season that Eric Harris's club record might not be in sight by now and the target might not have helped encouraged him to stay. Whatever happens, he's been my favourite Leeds player of the past couple of years and we're going to miss him terribly. His loss is pretty grievous at this particular moment but whatever happens to him or us, no-one will ever forget this moment of magic - Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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