Huddersfield Giants v Leeds Rhinos: McDermott promises no let up

Brian McDermott.
Brian McDermott.
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BOSS Brian McDermott has promised a “good, hard” approach from Leeds Rhinos when they close their regular season away to Huddersfield Giants.

Giants’ 38-6 win at Headingley Carnegie in April was marred by red cards for Rhinos’ Ryan Bailey and Huddersfield’s currently injured forward Luke O’Donnell.

Visiting coach Nathan Brown launched a scathing attack on Bailey after the match – suggesting he could urge his players to take the law into their own hands the next time the teams met.

With Rhinos’ hopes of a fifth-place finish resting on tomorrow’s showdown, the scene is set for an explosive encounter – but McDermott insists Rhinos won’t get drawn into a war.

“If there’s going to be any fireworks, that’s up to them,” McDermott said. “What we will be doing is going there and playing a good, hard game of rugby league. I don’t expect anything from my team other than what we always go out to do. ”

Victory tomorrow would see Rhinos secure fifth place. although Hull’s 34-12 defeat at home Warrington last night, means Leeds can’t finish any lower than sixth – ensuring a home fixture.

“We have to make sure we don’t give ourselves a hill to climb,” McDermott stressed. “We have got to make sure we control the ball and we don’t make unforced errors.

“At times we have given ourselves a mountain to climb in games, with some poor kicking and unforced errors.

“We have got to make sure we get that right. We’re in a position where we can take care of our own destiny – we have got to go out there and do a job.

“Playing in front of our own crowd in the play-offs is important, we can get a lift off them and it is enjoyable playing at Headingley Carnegie.

“We want to be playing there next week and that’s extra motivation to go out there and get the job done.”

McDermott admitted April’s drubbing is still fresh in some of his players’ minds.

“They are talking about it,” he confirmed. “I won’t be using it as a motivation, we are a different team since then.

“But for some of the players, who got beaten by their opposite number, it is something they will want to put right.”

Giants will finish fourth whatever happens tomorrow, but the Leeds coach isn’t expecting them to allow his team an easy ride.

“They won’t want to go into the play-offs on the back of a poor performance,” he stressed. “They have got a lot to play for.

“Their form recently hasn’t been that great, but they got back on the horse against Harlequins last week.

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