‘Dopey’ Leeds Rhinos reach last four but can’t escape McDermott blast

Liam Sutcliffe dives over for Leeds Rhinos' third try against Hull FC at Headingley.  Picture: Bruce Rollinson
Liam Sutcliffe dives over for Leeds Rhinos' third try against Hull FC at Headingley. Picture: Bruce Rollinson
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BOSS Brian McDermott was far from happy after Leeds Rhinos’ 38-26 win over Challenge Cup holders Hull last night.

The victory secured Rhinos’ place in the Betfred Super League semi-finals and means one win from their final three Super-8s fixtures will earn a home tie. But McDermott was not “pleased at all” with his team’s performance.

Hull were backing up from last Saturday’s Wembley triumph and McDermott felt his team failed to overcome their game plan.

“I thought it (Rhinos’ performance) was awful,” said McDermott, who called for a crackdown on disruptive tactics around the ruck. “We were too easily distracted and put off our game.

“Hull were very disruptive and I don’t blame them, five days after Wembley, but we were terrible - especially defensively. We had some dopey moments and we were achingly slow defensively at times.

“But we won and we can dust ourselves off and get ready for a far better performance next week. We’re not guaranteed second, but we’re very close.”

NOT IMPRESSED: Leeds Rhinos' head coach Brian McDermott.
 Picture: Bruce Rollinson

NOT IMPRESSED: Leeds Rhinos' head coach Brian McDermott. Picture: Bruce Rollinson

Rhinos were without stand-off Joel Moon, who withdrew from the team just minutes before kick-off.

McDermott said: “It hurt us, but Rob (Burrow) came in and did a great job.”

Of Moon, he added: “He pulled a groin in warm-up.

“It seems to be a bit of a problem and we’re not confident he will be ready next week.”

We were terrible - especially defensively. We had some dopey moments and we were achingly slow defensively at times.

Leeds Rhinos’ head coach, Brian McDermott

Match report: Page 48

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