Leeds Rhinos: Five talking points from the Cup defeat at Huddersfield
It was Leeds’ 12th defeat in 15 competitive games this year.
Here are five talking points from the game.
1: Last year’s finalists were the first two Super League teams dumped out of this year’s Challenge Cup competition,
2: Danny Brough was magnificent for Giants, who seem to have turned the corner after a poor start to the year. Their improved form heaps more pressure on Leeds.
3: The defeat frees Rhinos to concentrate on Super League. But if they lose at home to Castleford Tigers on Thursday, a place in the Qualifiers will be all but inevitable.
4: Rhinos are frighteningly vulnerable in penalty sets and too many errors with the ball in hand are putting the defence under unnecessary pressure.
5: Jimmy Keinhorst turned in another big effort for Leeds. His form has been one of the positives for Rhinos this year.