Hall - I'm a marked man

Leeds winger expects special attention in sophomore season

Last Updated: 25/01/10 11:10am

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Hall: prolific rookie season

Hall: prolific rookie season

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Leeds Rhinos winger Ryan Hall knows tries will be harder to come by in 2010 as he seeks to avoid "second-season syndrome".

"I think a lot of teams will be highlighting the left side of our team because we scored a lot of tries there last year. Obviously, they'll be analysing it a bit more."
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The 22-year-old enjoyed a prolific debut campaign last year, scoring 32 tries to help the Rhinos complete a hat-trick of Grand Final victories.

He was rewarded with a place on the England flank for the Four Nations and was also named international rookie of the year.

"I was a bit of an unknown quantity last year but I'm not so much that this year so every time I score will count a bit more," Hall said ahead of Leeds' Super League opener against Crusaders in Wrexham on Friday.

"I think a lot of teams will be highlighting the left side of our team because we scored a lot of tries there last year. Obviously, they'll be analysing it a bit more."

Influence

Hall will once more be outside Keith Senior and he is quick to give the credit to the experienced centre for many of his tries.

"Last year was a bit of an eye-opener for myself," he recalled.

"When I found out I'd be playing with Keith for the whole season I thought 'wow, this is great'.

"It's not so strange any more, it's what I'm used to. Obviously he's a great player and I praise him highly for what he did for me. Apart from putting me away for tries, he talks to me all the time."

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