Table-topping Leeds Rhinos will go into Saturday’s massive Tetley’s Challenge Cup showdown with St Helens in confident mood, says in-form Aussie centre Joel Moon.
Rhinos moved into First Utility Super League’s pole position after they beat Salford Red Devils 32-4 yesterday and previous leaders Saints went down 40-26 at Widnes Vikings.
“It’s a big challenge,” Moon said of this weekend’s BBC-televised fifth round tie.
“That’s a big one for us and for the club and and we’ll be ready to go. It gives us a bit of confidence, going into it top of the league.”
Rhinos picked up maximum points from Super League’s Easter schedule, yesterday’s win backing up a 46-6 victory at Bradford Bulls last Thursday.
Moon said: “Easter is a tough period for everyone and to come out with two wins and to play as well as we did is good.
“Hopefully we can carry that into this weekend’s game and go into it all guns blazing.”
Leeds have conceded only a single try in each of their last four matches and Moon feels defence is the foundation for their impressive first third of the league campaign.
“We work hard on that at training,” he said. “That’s one of the big things for us and it’s good to see it paying off.
“We will keep working hard on that. There’s a few little things we need to improve, but we are getting there.”
Meanwhile, boss Brian McDermott said Rhinos are “proud” to be top of the table and he added: “The task is to hold that position now. I would be a liar if I said it doesn’t really matter, we’d like to be top and we want to lead from the front, but there is a long way to go.”