SHOCKED BOSS Brian McDermott admitted last night’s collapse at Hull was the last thing Leeds Rhinos needed – but he still believes they can do well in the Super League play-offs.
McDermott was unable to provide an explanation after Rhinos – who led 19-4 with 18 minutes left – went down 24-19 at Hull, their fifth straight league defeat.
Rhinos will play seventh-placed Catalan Dragons in an elimination play-off at Headingley Carnegie next Saturday.
Asked if he could explain Leeds’ nose-dive in the final quarter, McDermott said: “We were in control of the game, then we weren’t.
“No is the answer to that. We will look at it obviously and pick something out of it.
“We clearly dropped off too many tackles and became flimsy defensively.
“It wasn’t through them playing better or doing anything different. That’s something we will look at.”
Rhinos’ season will be over if they lose a week today. McDermott said: “We have to deal with it.
“We could have won by 100-0 or lost by 100-0, we’ve got to play Catalan next week and that has its own landscape.
“We will deal with it. It’s not great, I am not going to wave it off and dismiss it. It’s not what we wanted, but it all starts next Saturday.
“I know what we’re capable of and the players know what we’re capable of.
“That tonight obviously is not great prep, but if we control it and manage it, it will have little bearing on next Saturday, if any at all.”
Rhinos’ medical staff are checking on Zak Hardaker, who suffered an ankle injury late in the game.
Salford Red Devils brought the curtain down on a disappointing season with a slick six-try 36-6 win against an under-strength Widnes.