Both coaches saluted their sides’ defensive effort but feel attack needs to improve after Leeds Rhinos pipped Wakefield Trinity Wildcats 20-18 at Headingley Carnegie.
The teams meet again at Rapid Solicitors’ Stadium in six days’ time and Leeds boss Brian McDermott admitted his team will need to be better with the ball.
He said: “It would have been frustrating to watch, what we did offensively. We created enough chances, but I would pay tribute to Wakefield’s enthusiasm in defence.
“It was a tight game, they are a threat Wakefield. They are no chumps with the ball, they can attack, but defensively we were outstanding. I should imagine they will do something different next week to get over our defence, so it will interesting.”
Rhinos centre Kallum Watkins is facing “a few weeks” on the sidelines due to a twisted ankle, but stand-off Liam Sutcliffe could feature next week, despite suffering a dead leg.
Wildcats’ Richard Agar felt his side made too many errors. He said: “I was pleased with our defensive effort, I thought we were outstanding, but we just asked a bit too much of ourselves. We had a lot of defending to do, but our effort and attitude in that area was superb.
“We didn’t have enough ball to win the game and errors ultimately got us.”
Looking ahead to next Friday, Agar said: “It gives us hope, I don’t think our performance with the ball was great, but our desire was there for all to see. If we don’t have motivation to turn it around next week there must be something wrong with us.”
Agar said prop Andy Raleigh, who scored one of Trinity’s tries, is likely to miss the rest of the season after suffering a fractured cheekbone.
Skipper Danny Kirmond is also being assessed after limping off with a knee injury during the defeat.