Leeds Rhinos’ boss Dave Furner blames “system breakdowns” for derby loss to Wakefield Trinity

DISAPPOINTED BOSS Dave Furner admitted “system breakdowns” in defence contributed to Leeds Rhinos’ crushing 35-18 home derby defeat by Wakefield Trinity last night.

Saturday, 2nd March 2019, 6:00 am
Ash Handley

Rhinos led 4-0 early on, but Trinity stormed back to lead 22-10 at the break and Leeds’ only second half points came after Trent Merrin had been sin-binned for dissent.

It was Leeds’ fourth defeat from their opening five Betfred Super League fixtures and Furner said: “There were some system breakdowns defensively that were not good enough.

“We conceded too many points in the first half.

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“At times we were good with the ball, but there are two parts to his game.”

Furner paid tribute to Trinity as a “good side” and admitted Leeds did not contain their potent left-edge.

He felt Leeds defended better on their line after the interval, but added: “Wakefield are quite big and strong and we didn’t handle that. We allowed them to play too fast on our tryline.”

Wakefield coach Chris Chester was in a far happier mood afterwards, describing it as a “special night”.

He reflected: “It is always tough when you come here. In the first 10 minutes I thought we were in for a long night, but we slowly got ourselves into the game I thought we were dominant from the 10th minute until the 80th.

“In terms of performance it’s not far from being our best one.”