Leeds Rhinos hero Jack Broadbent rues the one that got away

LEEDS RHINOS youngster Jack Broadbent scored his first Super League hat-trick but admitted: “I should have had five tries!”

Emerging talent: Leeds Rhinos' Jack Broadbent celebrates scoring their fifth try. Picture: SWPix

The teenage winger eventually crossed four times as Richard Agar’s side defeated Leigh Centurions 48-18 on Thursday.

It was Leeds’ third successive win and he has managed seven tries in that run alone, having also scored twice against Salford Red Devils on Sunday and another versus Castleford Tigers.

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Batley-born Broadbent, 19, said: “Last week I scored a couple and was thinking about a hat-trick but unfortunately it didn’t happen.

“So, on Thursday, I was buzzing to get over for one.

“It should have been five – I dropped a sitter – but it was good to get four.

“We were backing up from Sunday and had a few players out so our team changed a little bit.

“But I thought we backed up really well and being part of a win like that, in front of Headingley fans, was amazing.”

A restricted capacity crowd of 4,000 saw Leeds – who visit Warrington Wolves on Monday – certainly put on a show against Super League’s bottom club.

Given all their injury issues in 2021, Academy product Broadbent has featured heavily, playing full-back and centre before finding himself on the left wing where he is excelling outside former England international Tom Briscoe.

“I am absolutely loving it (first-team rugby),” he said.

“I’ve played every game bar one. I‘m just trying to cement a spot whether it be wing, centre or full-back.

“Tommy set me up a few times so I have to thank him. He’s a true professional. He works really hard at training and we have been doing a lot of extras; we are forming a really good partnership with him at centre.

“He has great hands and put me away again for a few on Thursday so it is really good playing outside of him.”

Australian stand-off Robert Lui made his first appearance of the season and Broadbent added: “Everyone loves Rob Lui.

“It lifted everyone to have him back out there after quite a bad injury. Now we’ll look to carry this on at Warrington. We’re seeing games coming thick and fast as a way to climb that table.”