Rohan Smith leaves Leeds Rhinos after disappointing start to the season

Rohan Smith has been relieved of his duties at Leeds Rhinos. The Australian will leave his position at Headingley following a disappointing start to the Super League season.

Smith has been told the club would be moving in another direction following the club's dismal defeat to Hull FC on Saturday. Leeds fell to an 18-10 defeat in what was the Black and Whites' first win in twelve matches.

That result leaves Leeds seventh in Super League after 14 rounds of the season. They are two points adrift of the play-offs and were knocked out of the Challenge Cup at the first hurdle following defeat to St Helens.

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Assistant coaches Scott Grix and Chev Walker have been placed in temporary charge for Friday's game against Leigh Leopards, who will arrive at Headingley in form, having lost just one of their last six matches.

Smith took charge of the Rhinos midway through the 2022 season and enjoyed a remarkable start, guiding the club to the Grand Final despite arriving with the club outside of the play-offs. However, the Rhinos missed out on the top six last year.

The expectation at the club this year was that they would compete near the top of the table after an extensive recruitment drive which saw them pay hefty fees for Brodie Croft and Andy Ackers, while they also made further significant additions in the shape of Paul Momirovski and Lachie Miller. However, the Rhinos have struggled to click into gear and have only won two matches against teams currently in the play-offs, both of which came in the opening three rounds of the season.

Smith leaves having taken charge of 61 matches as Leeds head coach. The Rhinos have won 31 of those, losing 30, a win record of 50.82%.