Leeds Rhinos: Every minute does count agrees McDermott

Brian McDermott

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EVERY MINUTE really does matter in Super League this year. That’s the view of Leeds Rhinos boss Brian McDermott, who reckons the RFL have got their slogan for the sport’s new era spot on.

McDermott’s league leaders will reopen a six-point gap if they win at Huddersfield Giants tonight, but risk being knocked off top spot should they lose their next two tricky fixtures.

Rhinos have not won at Huddersfield since the 2011 play-offs and visit Widnes Vikings, who have a strong home record, next weekend.

“I think every minute does matter,” McDermott said. “I think some teams are over-reading it, which means it does matter to them.

“And with us, even though we are four points clear, that can be chased down easily. Those in sixth and seventh can be up to second and third within a couple of weeks here and there, so it’s really close at the moment.”

But McDermott insisted: “The table isn’t something we are focusing on.

“We have got some big challenges coming up and we need to be playing well. We want to play well most weeks.

“The league ladder at this stage has no bearing, it doesn’t give us confidence and we certainly aren’t chasing anything at this stage.

“We just want to play well (tonight) and start that momentum again.”

Rhinos ended a run of seven games without a win against Huddersfield with a 28-24 victory at Headingley in February.

But McDermott, whose side suffered their second defeat of the year six days ago, to Warrington Wolves, warned: “They are a good team.

“They’ve been out of form at times this year, but they’re a very big 
and skilful team. It is not our best

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