hooker Paul Aiton says Leeds Rhinos will take positives from the spirit they showed in last week’s 24-24 draw at Huddersfield Giants.
Rhinos led 22-8 at the break, went two points behind in the final quarter, but managed to snatch a point thanks to Liam Sutcliffe’s late penalty goal.
Giants dominated after the interval, pinning Leeds near their own line and Aiton said: “Knowing how much we had to defend, it took a little bit of character to hang in there.
“We were gassed, because we did so much defence, but even after all that we still managed to get ourselves up to the other end of the field to give ourselves a chance in the last minute, so credit to the boys for that determination.
“We would have liked to get both points, but it was a stride forward from the week before,” he said.
The draw last Thursday followed Rhinos’ 28-24 win in Super League round three, three months ago.
The teams will meet again at Headingley for a Challenge Cup sixth round tie on Saturday, May 16 and Aiton expects that game to be just as close.
“It is always a good hit out against Huddersfield,” he said.
“Even if you score in the first half they are always going to come back and it’s going to be a tough game.
“They are a good team, they have been a class team for a number of years now.
“You can’t take them lightly and we’ve seen what they can do.
“It does set it up for the Cup, that’s going to be interesting and a tough game as well.”