Huddersfield Giants v Leeds Rhinos: Boss’ pride at character

Rhinos Rob Burrow gets away from Giants star Eorl Crabtree. PIC: Dave Williams

Rhinos Rob Burrow gets away from Giants star Eorl Crabtree. PIC: Dave Williams

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DELIGHTED boss Brian McDermott saluted a “team effort” after Leeds Rhinos powered into the Super League semi-finals with a 34-28 win at Huddersfield Giants.

McDermott hailed his “brilliant” players and described Leeds’ support at Galpharm Stadium as “absolutely outstanding”.

He said: “I’m really proud of the way the players reacted to the adversity we faced in the second half.

“We had control of the game, then we lost it – but we reacted the right way. The players showed a lot of steel and they need a lot of credit for how far they’ve come this year.”

Leeds led 16-0 and 34-12, before Giants scored three late tries in a grandstand finish.

McDermott added: “The fans really helped us, it was a team effort from players and supporters.”

Teenager Zak Hardaker scored three of Leeds’ six tries and McDermott described him as a “special” talent.

He said: “He’s put a lot of hard work in. He is where he is because he is willing to get his hands dirty and work hard.”

Rhinos will learn who their opponents are to be in next weekend’s Grand Final qualifier when Warrington Wolves make their club call pick on Sunday.

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