Leeds Rhinos: We’re on the road to recovery – Keinhorst

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LEEDS RHINOS are taking small steps towards getting their season on track, Jimmy Keinhorst says.

Rhinos will bid for a second successive win when they visit off-colour St Helens tomorrow.

Jimmy Keinhorst.

Jimmy Keinhorst.

Last Friday’s nervy 20-18 victory over Hull revived hopes of a push into First Utility Super League’s top-eight, but Keinhorst reckons there are still big improvements to be made – and he believes they will need to be better to come away from Langtree Park with both points.

“It is good after a few losses to get back to winning ways, but it was by no means a complete performance,” said the centre/second-row, who played for Leeds Metropolitan University alongside Saints prop Alex Walmsley.

“There’s still plenty to work on. We have taken the positives from it and had a look at the negatives as well and worked on it from there.

“We are taking it step by step. With the position we are in at the moment we have to take small steps forward and hopefully keep moving.

“It was good to be on the right side of a result and I think the determination of the boys was there and we managed to grind it out.”

After a dismal run over Easter, the win six days ago has boosted spirits in the camp, but Keinhorst insisted nobody on the playing or coaching staff is assuming they have turned a corner.

“It gives you a bit of a different feeling, a better feeling,” said the German international.

“We will take some confidence from it, but we have still got plenty to work on.

“We are all enjoying each other’s company and sticking together and working through it together.

“That’s what we need to do and hopefully we’ll do that.”

A win tomorrow would leave Leeds just two points outside the top-eight and be the first time the defending champions have completed back-to-back victories in the league since last August.

Rhinos beat Saints four times in five meetings during 2015, including Challenge Cup and Super League semi-finals. They also recorded a 30-18 victory when the teams met at Headingley last month and Saints are on a run of three successive home defeats.

The 2014 champions have slipped to sixth in the table, but are six points ahead of Leeds and Keinhorst regards it as one of the toughest challenges of the campaign.

“It will be a tough game,” he warned. “They are a class team, especially at their place.

“We are under no illusions how tough that is going to be, but we will go there, try and take some more steps forward and put in a decent performance.”

The Hull game marked Keinhorst’s return to action after an injury layoff and he had a similar view of his own performance as of the team’s.

“There were bits I was happy with and bits I can work on as well,” he said.

“It was good to get over for a try, that was quite satisfying, but I was just glad I contributed to the win.”

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