Leeds’ clash with Catalans abandoned

Leeds Rhinos have confirmed that their Super League clash with Catalans has been postponed.

Chief executive Gary Hetherington expressed his fears about the feasibility of the game, and those concerns have now been realised following heavy snowfall and freezing temperatures.

The Rhinos have claimed the pitch is playable, but the surrounding areas are not safe to the public.

“Postponing a game is not a decision that is taken lightly and it is something that has happened on only a handful of occasions in the past twenty years,” Hetherington said.

“I would like to thank the RFL and Catalans Dragons for their co-ordination on this matter. We have taken the decision early because there is no sign of the situation improving according to forecasts.”

“It is particularly frustrating to call the game off after all the hard work that has gone on from the construction team at Caddicks and our staff to get our new facilities ready in time and we were ready to open the doors on Friday.”

A new date will be arranged in due course.