Brian McDermott refuses to criticise his Leeds Rhinos team after ugly win over Leigh

Adam Cuthbertson celebrates his second try against Leigh.
Adam Cuthbertson celebrates his second try against Leigh.
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BOSS BRIAN McDermott refused to criticise his players for a scrappy performance in tonight’s 22-14 win over Leigh Centurions.

Both teams had played last Friday and on Monday and McDermott felt that had a major bearing on what was a poor-quality game.

Adam Cuthbertson scores his first try against Leigh.

Adam Cuthbertson scores his first try against Leigh.

It was the second time this year teams have been forced to play three times over two weekends and McDermott described that as “crazy”.

He said: “It’s wrong – it doesn’t work.”

Of tonight’s game, McDermott reflected: “I’m pleased we won.

“Our defence is what got us the game.

“It’s clearly obvious there were some things in offense we couldn’t get right, dealing with the weather and a greasy ball.

“There were so many people slipping over and I think there were 24 penalties in the game, but I won’t criticise.

“I won’t find fault – a third game in eight days, what do you expect?”

Half-back Rob Burrow “jarred” a shoulder in the second half and was taken off, but McDermott said early indications are the injury was not serious.

Mitch Garbutt, Keith Galloway and Carl Ablett all returned from injury and McDermott described it as “a good work out for them.”

The win keeps Leeds in third place in the Betfred Super League table and sets up a huge clash with Wakefield Trinity, who are fourth going into Sunday’s game at Salford, in a week’s time.

Adam Cuthbertson

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