CONSISTENCY IS the aim for Leeds Rhinos over the final four rounds of the Betfred Super-8s, stand-off Joel Moon says.
Rhinos bounced back from a dire 38-6 loss at Wakefield Trinity by beating St Helens 16-14 last week and Moon admitted that result has given everyone in the squad a lift.
“We’re feeling a lot better,” he said. “You always want to get a win after you lose and we put a good performance in.
“We just need to back it up in our next game and carry on through the rest of the Super-8s.”
Moon added: “We are looking good, Saints were tough and anyone could have won that game, but we have come out of it in pretty good shape.
“They threw a lot at us, but credit to our boys – we stuck in there, we played well and we can take a lot out of it going forward.”
It will be good to get a bit of a rest. We will get some bodies back and we can work on injuries and do some stuff in training and rest up ready for the Hull game.Leeds Rhinos’ Joel Moon
Moon paid tribute to hooker Matt Parcell, who was the inspiration behind the win over Saints.
“He has been our best player,” he said of his fellow Australian. “It is great to play with him, he has been awesome this year.”
And Moon also hailed winger Tom Briscoe, who has bounced back from a tough afternoon against Hull in last month’s Ladbrokes Challenge Cup semi-final with some strong performances.
“Every player goes through it, but he is one of our best players,” Moon said.
“On his day he is one of the best players in the comp. He played well [last week].”
Other results went their way last weekend and Rhinos now have a three-point advantage over third-placed Hull in the Super-8s table.
With St Helens and Wigan Warriors a further three points adrift, a win at home to Hull on Thursday, August 31, would guarantee Rhinos’ place in the play-offs.
It would also be a huge step towards securing second spot and a home semi-final against the team finishing third and Moon said: “We want to finish well. That’s what we are doing now and we just need to build on it going forward.”
Rhinos have no game this weekend when the league takes a break for the Challenge Cup final between Hull and Wigan. It is Leeds’ first free weekend since the season began on February 9 and Moon reckons it will give them a lift going into the final few games of the year.
“It will be good to get a bit of a rest,” he said. “We will get some bodies back and we can work on injuries and do some stuff in training and rest up ready for the Hull game.”
The clash with Hull – five days after their Wembley date – will be Leeds Rhinos’ first match since the closure of the South Stand.
“It will be strange,” Moon admitted.
“It is what you come here for, to play in front of crowds like that.
“Headingley is a fortress and we always want to play well there.
“It was good to put in a good performance for the last game in front of the South Stand.”