Leeds Rhinos boss Brian McDermott admitted he might have made a mistake not picking Jimmy Keinhorst earlier after the German international scored a hat-trick in the win over Castleford Tigers.
Keinhorst was recalled from a dual-registration spell with Hunslet Hawks after England centre Kallum Watkins suffered ankle ligament damage in last week’s defeat at Hull.
“He’s done really well,” said McDermott. “I am pleased for him, three tries is good,
“We’ve always been confident in Jimmy, there’s never been any doubt about him.
“It’s obviously just waiting for that chance. Sometimes you have to put them in because of injuries and maybe the coach should have used him earlier than this.”
Despite a first win in five matches, McDermott was not happy with his side’s display.
He said: “We’ve been talking about performances for a few weeks and I don’t think that was a great one.”
Jamie Peacock made a shock return from injury, but Kylie Leuluai, Brett Delaney and Jamie Jones-Buchanan all suffered knee injuries and are in doubt for next Friday’s International Origin match.
Disappointed Tigers coach Daryl Powell felt the final scoreline was harsh on his side.
He said: “We were in the game for large periods, but I thought we gave a bit too much away. We made too many errors - just over 50 per cent completions and 60 in the second half. That’s not enough at Headingley to go away with the points.”