Leeds Rhinos: Reslience key to point - McDermott

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Resilience and hard work earned Leeds Rhinos a draw at bogey club Huddersfield Giants, coach Brian McDermott felt.

McDermott was happy with the point from a 12-12 stalemate, which ended a run of five successive defeats by Huddersfield, but disappointed with his side’s overall performance.

Rhinos were under huge pressure for much of the match, despite leading twice and McDermott reflected after the game at John Smith’s Stadium: “I didn’t think we were great.

“I thought we earned a point with our resilience and our hard work for each other.

“But there are no rewards at the end of the year for being the most resilient team.

“We need to be a bit more controlled with what we do. Huddersfield I thought had the vast majority of momentum in the first half and I think they will regard themselves unfortunate they didn’t score one or two more tries.

“It was a good result for us, not a good one for Huddersfield, I would say.”

McDermott added: “We recognise we can be a lot better than that, but you have to give Huddersfield credit.

“We had a plan and a certain way we wanted to play and they didn’t allow us to do that.

“They were good and they are a good team.

“To come here and get a point is something we haven’t done for a while.

“One step at a time – maybe we can get two next year.”

Rhinos forwards Brett Delaney (sternum) and Carl Ablett (knee) both picked up knocks, but McDermott said neither is believes to be serious, ahead of next Friday’s First Utilities Super League clash at home to Widnes Vikings.

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