Leeds Rhinos v Leigh Centurions: Time to stand up and be counted says Kallum Watkins

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THE REAL Leeds Rhinos have to stand up tonight, Test centre Kallum Watkins says.

Rhinos take on 11th-placed Leigh Centurions at Headingley just four days after a shock defeat at bottom club Widnes Vikings.

That followed a sparkling 40-0 thrashing of Warrington Wolves a week ago and Watkins insisted Leeds are focused on regaining that sort of form tonight.

“We performed well on Friday and that’s what we’re all about,” said the two-time Grand Final winner.

“We know how good we can be as a team.,

“We just need to gain that consistency that’s really important to keep us up in the table.

“For us it’s just about performing well, that’s the key for us. If we do that it will stand us in good stead for the back end of the year.”

Three of the current bottom-four have beaten Rhinos this term and a repeat would be a major blow to their top-four hopes.

“Warrington were struggling and we lost to them away,” Watkins recalled.

“We lost at home against Huddersfield and to Widnes on Monday.

“We can’t afford to to do that any more – it is really important things like that don’t happen again.

“It was disappointing to lose on Monday. We’ve got to give them credit, they were pretty determined – they had a pretty decent game against Cas and brought it back against us, but for us it was pretty disappointing.

“We didn’t get the job done, but it is what it is – we weren’t there 100 per cent in terms of playing well and when that happens you get beaten.

“It’s just one of those things, but we’ve got to move on pretty quickly. We’re coming up against a tough Leigh side who’ve been hot and cold at times this year, but we know what they are like – they can play with the ball quite a bit.

“They will be a dangerous challenge and it’s up to us to respond.”

Both teams will be playing their third game in eight days. Leigh recorded their first Super League win last Friday, when they beat Hull 26-22 at KCOM Stadium, but were crushed 38-0 at home by Castleford Tigers three days later.

Watkins said: “We know it’s a tough challenge for us playing three games in eight days, like it is for everyone in the league.

“Bodies are going to be sore, but it’s the same for everyone. We’re looking forward to it and it’s a good time to respond to the result on Monday.

“We’re still in a good position. We want to finish as high up the table as we can and it’s all about winning games.

“If we can find some consistency that’s going to help us push up the table.

“It is important for us to perform well,because when we’ve done that we’ve got the results we’ve needed this year.

“We need to do that because we’ve got some challenges coming up in the next few weeks. It is there for us to take and it’s down to us to sort it out.”

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