Leeds Rhinos v Castleford Tigers: McDermott revels in ‘special’ win

Danny McGuire celebrates with his teammates after scoring a try. PIC: Steve Riding

Danny McGuire celebrates with his teammates after scoring a try. PIC: Steve Riding

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The 56-0 derby win over Castleford Tigers was “pretty special” according to Leeds Rhinos coach Brian McDermott.

“That was the first time this year we’ve done what we all know Leeds can do,” McDermott said afterwards.

“It’s the first time I’ve thought ‘wow, this is pretty special’.”

Rhinos ran in 10 tries, but McDermott insisted he isn’t getting carried away.

He added: “Defensively we are in good form. I am not going to say one game equals form in offence.

“We look hungry, there was a period in second half when they had some successive sets, but it was impressive attitude from our fellas to still tackle as if it was 0-0.”

McDermott admitted Tigers were jaded from their Challenge Cup semi-final defeat five days earlier.

“Both teams invested massive energy last week,” he said. “They were devastated last week and they could either come here be bouncing or be pretty empty. They had some players out and I think they came here without a full tank.”

Rhinos came through injury-free, which McDermott said was a “huge bonus”.

Cas boss Terry Matterson admitted it was a game too far for his team. He said: “We had 12 players out and the 18th man got injured in the under-20s.

“We had 17 to pick from and emotionally we are knackered. We were okay at the start, but there was a diabolical error by Richie Owen, heads went down and it got more and more difficult.

“We were spent in most areas.”

* Meanwhile, Rhinos are targeting Crusaders hooker Lincoln Withers as a potential replacement for Danny Buderus, if he opts to return to Newcastle Knights at the end of the season.

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