THURSDAY’S VISIT of St Helens can’t come quickly enough for Leeds Rhinos hooker Matt Parcell.
Rhinos are licking their wounds from last Friday’s 23-12 home loss to Castleford Tigers and Parcell reckons the best way to get over that disappointment is by getting back out on the field.
“Sometimes the short turnaround is a good thing,” Parcell said of the six days between matches.
“We’ll get a chance to put that game behind us, but in saying that we’ve got to learn from it in the bigger games. We got in a bit of a rut with the ball and we couldn’t get out of it – we kept making mistake on mistake on mistake.
“When you’re playing teams like Cas it is not good enough. We couldn’t work towards anything or put them under enough pressure.”
Rhinos led early on against Tigers, but then made a succession or errors which let the visitors off the hook and Parcell conceded: “We weren’t good enough in offence.
At this time of year it is good to have your defence going well, but we don’t want to put ourselves under that much pressure so we have to defend like that. We just have to be better with the ball.Leeds Rhinos’ Matt Parcell
“Defensively we were quite good I think, considering the amount of ball Cas had and what they’ve been doing to other teams this year.
“Some of the tries they scored were quite lucky – the first one, it should have been a knock-on the play before and they got one off a kick.
“They probably weren’t typical Cas tries so defensively we were all right, but we were nowhere near good enough with the ball.”
The Aussie reckons Leeds will need to be on their game defensively again this week against a Saints side who have improved under new boss Justin Holbrook.
“Our defence has definitely improved from earlier in the season and that’s the positive we can take out of Friday’s game,” he added.
“At this time of year it is good to have your defence going well, but we don’t want to put ourselves under that much pressure so we have to defend like that. We just have to be better with the ball.”
Rhinos have slipped to fourth in the Betfred Super League table, eight points behind Tigers, but only one adrift of second-placed Hull.
Salford are in third due to a better for and against and Leeds have a two-point advantage on Wakefield Trinity and five-point cushion over sixth-placed Saints.
“We’ve got four more games before the Super-8s and they are quite big games,” Parcell said. “We need to bounce back, but we have been quite good at that after losses. We will be looking to do that again, but St Helens beat Salford on Friday so it will be another tough game.”