TWO-TRY SKIPPER Liam Sutcliffe said stern words at half-time spurred Leeds Rhinos’ winning fightback in their final pre-season game at Championship outfit Doncaster.
Rhinos – with assistant coach Chris Plume at the helm – hit back from 8-6 down at the break to win 42-14 and Sutcliffe reflected: “We weren’t really pleased with the first half. I think frustration got the better of us, but we got into the changing rooms and discussed it and said we had to be a lot better in the second half.
“We seemed to kick on and we stuck to what we’d trained all week to do.
“That benefited us, we weren’t frustrated in the second half, we defended pretty well and we managed to score some good tries.”
Doncaster, reeling from a home defeat by Hunslet Hawks in their previous game, put Rhinos under sustained pressure in the first 40.
“I think that was because we gave them chances,” Sutcliffe said. “We weren’t tackling well enough and when we had the ball we were panicking with it.
“It was good to get a good second half in and it’s good that the season’s nearly here.
“I’m getting sick of pre-season, getting flogged every week in training, so it’ll be good to get a game every week.”
Meanwhile, Rhinos under-16s got their season off to a flying start with a 34-14 win at St Helens.
Try scorers were Kiedan Hartley (2), Cameron Smith (2), Harvey Whiteley and Nathan Waring. Jack Walker landed five goals.