McDermott delighted as Leeds Rhinos front up to beat Hull FC despite injury blows

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LEEDS RHINOS’ fighting spirit was saluted by coach Brian McDermott after last night’s 10-7 win over Hull.

LEEDS RHINOS’ fighting spirit was saluted by coach Brian McDermott after last night’s 10-7 win over Hull.

Rhinos celebrate Jack Walker's crucial try

Rhinos celebrate Jack Walker's crucial try

Rhinos trailed 7-0 at the break, but hit back through Ryan Hall’s 250th career try and a touchdown by 17-year-old Jack Walker.

The win means Leeds will finish second behind Castleford Tigers at the end of the regular Betfred Super League season and are guaranteed four home games in the Super-8s.

It came despite Rhinos losing Stevie Ward and Keith Galloway to injury after just 12 minutes.

Galloway is facing a long layoff after “snapping” his Achilles – just three months after returning from a similar injury to his other leg.

It was dogged. There was a lot of fight, I don’t think there was much finesse about that.

Brian McDermott

McDermott said he hopes Ward and Ryan Hall – who suffered a cut eye and concussion – could be available for next Friday’s trip to Wigan.

McDermott said: “It was dogged. There was a lot of fight, I don’t think there was much finesse about that. In the first half we challenged Hull a bit with the ball, but defensively they were very good.

“I am really really pleased we won with Keith Galloway going off so early and Stevie Ward not being able to return. It was not pretty, but sometimes it doesn’t have to be.”

McDermott described Galloway’s injury as “devastating news”.

He said: “We really missed him tonight and we’re going to miss the ultimate professional he is for the rest of the season.”

Leeds Rhinos ' Keith Galloway.

Leeds Rhinos’ Keith Galloway stays upbeat despite injury blows