Hull KR 30 Leeds Rhinos 40: Watkins hails battling qualities in comeback win

Danny McGuire celebrates with Brad Singleton.

Danny McGuire celebrates with Brad Singleton.

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ENGLAND CENTRE Kallum Watkins hailed Leeds Rhinos’ fighting spirit after they battled back to victory at Hull KR.

Rhinos looked to be heading for their first opening game defeat since 2000 when the home side led 30-16 early in the second half, but 24 unanswered points ended Leeds’ wait for a Super League win which had stretched back to last July.

Watkins scored a crucial try in the 40-30 triumph, as well as providing the final pass for touchdowns by Tom Briscoe and Kevin Sinfield.

He said: “We got there in the end.

“You’ve got to give credit to Hull KR for how they came out.

“They played really well. They have got a new side and they’ll take confidence from that.

“From our point of view, there’s a bit of work to do, which is expected at the start of the season.

“But it was really important that we came back and got the win, which is credit to the boys for the attitude we showed.”

Watkins said Rhinos will need to be better for Friday’s visit of Widnes Vikings. “We came back and got the result,” he said. “Other teams might not have done that, so we’ve got to take positives from it. There’s still a bit to work on and we’ll certainly be doing that, because it’s a quick turnaround to the Widnes game.

“We’re looking forward to that, the first home game.”

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