Leeds Rhinos: Comeback no surprise to boss Mac

Paul Aiton

Paul Aiton

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BOSS Brian McDermott was not surprised by Leeds Rhinos’ second half turnaround at Hull last night.

Rhinos trailed 12-0 at the break, but were transformed in the second period as they ran in seven unanswered tries, all of them all converted by Kevin Sinfield, who also landed a drop goal, to win 43-12.

“I didn’t think we were that far off,” McDermott said.

“We weren’t in the game at all in the first half and Hull are almost unplayable when they are like that, they play so quick.

“They were clearly dominant, but at the same time I didn’t think we were miles and miles behind. That’s what the players spoke of at half-time. We certainly needed to change one or two things or it would have been a tough old game.

“They were doing some good things and we needed to stop them and stop treating the ball like it’s going to explode if you carry it for more than two seconds, but it was never an attitude change or such a dramatic change – in my opinion – as the scoreline suggests. The scoreline’s great, but I didn’t think we were that far off.”

McDermott felt scoring 43 points in 40 minutes against Super League opposition was “impressive.”

He said: “If you can play off the front foot you are going to score some decent tries. It [the 43 points] is something we’re really pleased about.”

Sinfield’s 15 points took his career tally to 3,995 and he is now the fourth-highest scorer in rugby league history.

McDermott said: “It’s big that. The length of his career and all the action he’s had, along the way he’s notched up some landmarks.”

Rhinos under-19s are away to London Broncos tomorrow.

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