LEEDS RHINOS coach Brian McDermott wasn’t “overly joyed” after his side’s first win in four Super League games last night.
Rhinos’ 36-16 victory over Hull KR moved them three points clear at the top of First Utility Super League, but second-placed Wigan Warriors play their game in hand at Catalans Dragons today.
Leeds led only 18-16 at the break, but kept a clean sheet in the second half – though the game would have been closer if Rovers had been able to convert any of their four tries.
Rhinos looked flat at times just six days after their sparkling 48-16 win over Huddersfield Giants in the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup.
McDermott felt that took its toll on his players in the first half, though he admitted he was surprised at how dogged Rovers were just a week after their Cup win against Wigan.
“Not overly joyed,” McDermott said, when asked about his feelings after the game.
“If you look at the bigger picture, we backed up from a big emotional input from last week.
“We started the game reasonably well, but I’ve got to give Hull KR credit, too.
“I didn’t expect them to be as energetic in the game.
“I thought we lacked a bit of energy for the final 25 minutes of that first half.
“One thing I am pleased about is not conceding in the second half.
“I thought there was a fair difference in our energy levels and how we played in the second half.”
Rhinos captain Kevin Sinfield scored a try and six goals, from seven attempts, to take him up to third in rugby league’s all-time list of points scorers.
“It’s probably the 20th time I’ve talked about a milestone of Kev’s,” McDermott said.
“You never get bored of speaking about them and I don’t think he gets bored of achieving them.
“It is fantastic. His longevity, how many times he is injury-free, the amount of games he has played, what a marvellous career he has had – and is having.”
Meanwhile, Rhinos’ Challenge Cup quarter-final at Hull has been confirmed for Friday, June 26 (8pm).
It will be televised live on Sky Sports.