Leeds Rhinos: Coach McDermott happy to take an ‘ugly’ win

Leeds winger Tom Briscoe celebrates the Rhinos first try against Huddersfield with his captain, Danny McGuire.

Leeds winger Tom Briscoe celebrates the Rhinos first try against Huddersfield with his captain, Danny McGuire.

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BOSS BRIAN McDermott felt Leeds Rhinos won ugly as a third successive win has lifted them to second spot in Betfred Super League.

Rhinos followed-up victories over Catalans Dragons and Wakefield Trinity with a hard-fought 28-12 success at their bogey club Huddersfield Giants.

Leeds scored four tries to two in the first half and then shut Giants out after the break before adding a late touchdown to avenge three defeats at John Smith’s Stadium last year.

McDermott said: “It was an ugly game.

“We were good enough defensively to come away with a win.

“We got penalised a lot in the first half and that takes a lot of juice out of you. I don’t think we got any sort of rhythm or momentum back in the game.

“It was a stop-start, scrappy game, but we had to defend our tryline and that got us the game.

“We weren’t as good with the ball [as in the previous two games].

“For different reasons we found ourselves near our tryline a lot and it is good we can defend our way to a win.”

Liam Sutcliffe and Jamie Jones-Buchanan returned from injury for Leeds at the John Smith’s Stadium.

But forward Brett Delaney failed a fitness test and centre Jimmy Keinhorst (knee) and full-back Ashton Golding (concussion) were both hurt during the game.

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