The Rhinos were looking to start the new season with a win over a travelling Watford side that finished mid-table last year. The Rhinos were unlucky to lose a few players prior to kick-off, which meant people were playing out of position and people carrying injuries soldiering on and putting their bodies on the line for the sake of the team.
Watford showed up with a much larger pack, who immediately made their presence felt with their big runners making good yards in midfield. The Rhinos also lost Andy Emmott from the centres within 5 minutes of kick off which again meant a reshuffle in positions. That lack of consitency showed with the Rhinos unable to create any fluency in midfield which meant, with Watford using their forward pack to good effect, they were firmly on the back foot.
In the second half the Rhinos began to make some decent yardage with centre Jack Parker and utility forward Max Miles running some great lines to break the Watford line, but due to the lack of personnel they were unable to capitalise. Watford continued to dominate the set-piece, but the Rhinos managed to put together a few phases which led to Matt Peterson (who was playing injured) running over untouched under the sticks.
The final score was 29-7 on a day when the Rhinos set piece was unable to compete with the much larger pack of Watford. The Rhinos however stuck at their task with players putting in tackles and playing out of position. Special mention goes to Owen McKenna, a flanker by trade who played on the wing for most of the game and played well throughout.