BACK HAILS LEEDS DEBUTANTS

Leeds coach Neil Back says that Lewis-Pratt and Tincknell could become the new stars for team this season. Fly-half Lewis-Pratt, 19, and centre Tinknell, 22, impressed on their debuts in the 22-21 defeat at Gloucester.

“Christian showed great maturity in his game management. He knows what he needs to work on and he will continue to improve,” Back told BBC Radio Leeds.

MACKAY EXPECTING TOUGH SEASON

Leeds Carnegie’s Mackay says that he is expecting his toughest season ever. Speaking to Wales Rugby Hospitality, the Australian, 27, along with fellow Leeds new signing Steve Thompson, moved from French club Brive in the summer, where MacKay had spent two seasons.

“In the Premiership, every game is a hard slog, there just isn’t an easy game,” Mackay told BBC Radio Leeds.

“Whereas in the Top 14 you can have an off day and probably still beat one or two of the lower teams.”