LEEDS RHINOS winger Ryan Hall has provided a searingly honest assessment of the drubbing at Wakefield Trinity two days ago and admits some of their errors were “comical”.
Rhinos conceded 32 points without reply and Hall stressed: “We’ve got to look at ourselves, how poor we were.”
He said: “Wakefield were good, but I don’t think they were 38-6 good. Certainly the things wrong with us came out of the blue and it was comical at times, the things that were going on.
“We were second to every ball and we couldn’t cling on to the ball long enough. We gave away too many penalties and that resulted in lack of field position.
“I don’t where it came from, but we’ll sit down and look at it and try and get straight back on the horse.
“The best thing to do is get your eyes up and face it head on and look at your mistakes.
“I am sure we’ve all got a boat load from that game. It was just a bad night at the office.”
Rhinos had outclassed Wigan Warriors 32-16 just six days earlier and Hall added: “You can sum us up in one expression - rocks or diamonds.
“That’s the team we are. I wouldn’t change who we are to try and minimise results like that - it’s in our bones, it’s how we play.
“We are either diamonds or we come up well short.”
Rhinos face a huge clash against St Helens at Headingley next Friday, which will the final game before the South Stand is demolished.
“It [Thursday’s game] reminded me a bit of the loss against Castleford earlier in the season,” Hall reflected.
“We conceded a lot more points at Castleford, but the game went exactly the same - we could not do anything, whatever we did went wrong.
“I don’t think Wakefield were as clinical as Castleford were that day, but from that game we turned things around.
“We have got a shorter time to change things around because we are in the Super-8s and thankfully we are in a good position, pretty much, but we have got to play well against Saints next week.
“It is going to be a great game, it is two good sides although this week threw the cat among the pigeons.
“We didn’t hold up our end of the bargain towards that fixture based on Thursday’s performance.
“We have got to put that right.
“Brian [McDermott, Rhinos’ coach] always uses boxing terms - we have got to get into the centre of the ring and take the fight to them.”
The demise of the South Stand will make next week emotional. Hall predicted: “I reckon that might get mentioned by the media more than us next week, because of what happened [on Thursday].
“We have to focus solely on ourselves and getting our performance right. I am going to miss the South Stand, it has been there ever since I started playing, it has been a great fan base and I think the fans in there like the way I play.
“I get a good vibe from it, but obviously we’ve got to focus on the rugby on the pitch, rather than the stand.”