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Super League: Rob Burrow says Leeds can cope without their frontline hookers

Last Updated: 28/04/14 12:57pm

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Rob Burrow has been forced to the sidelines by a collarbone injury

Rob Burrow has been forced to the sidelines by a collarbone injury

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Rob Burrow says he is confident Leeds Rhinos will be able to get by for a couple of months without the services of himself and fellow hooker Paul Aiton.

And Burrow says he will be working hard to return as soon as possible after sustaining a fractured collarbone during Saturday's 32-12 Tetley's Challenge Cup win over St Helens.

Coach Brian McDermott said afterwards that he fears the half-back/hooker could be on the sidelines for up to 12 weeks.

"We have got strength in depth and there's a great young kid called Robbie Ward in the U19s, who's waiting to get out there."
Rob Burrow

And Burrow told the Yorkshire Evening Post: "It is just one of those things, that's rugby.

"I will be trying to get back as soon as I can. I am loving my rugby at the moment and I am happy with how I am playing.

"But this is all part of your rugby career, you get injuries. I will do all the right things and get back playing as quickly as I can."

Aiton is facing another two months out due to illness, so Leeds are currently without an experienced hooker.

Opportunity

Youngster Robbie Ward may therefore get his chance, although Kevin Sinfield has played in the number nine slot in the past and represents another option.

"We'll cope," he continued. "We have got strength in depth and there's a great young kid called Robbie Ward in the U19s, who's waiting to get out there.

"Whether he'll get a chance now, I don't know. But it's like me when I was starting, that's how you get your chance, through injuries.

"It is chance for somebody else to have a go and we'll be absolutely fine."

Burrow's injury was the only low point of the St Helens match for Leeds, who ran out convincing winners, and Burrow said: "When you draw somebody like St Helens it is a big game and you have to play well in big games.

"St Helens have been in great form this year, so we knew we had to perform well and we did.

"They were never going to give in, but I thought we dominated the game for large parts and thoroughly deserved the win."

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