Huddersfield Giants v Leeds Rhinos: People pay to see likes of Bailey - boss

Ryan Bailey in match action.
Ryan Bailey in match action.
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The elimination play-off at Huddersfield Giants will be a better spectacle with Leeds Rhinos prop Ryan Bailey on the field.

That’s the claim from coach Brian McDermott, who regards Bailey as a key man in Rhinos’ bid to win the Grand Final from fifth place on the Engage Super League table.

Bailey, pictured above, was originally banned for tonight’s match after a Rugby Football League disciplinary panel found him guilty of raising a knee going into a tackle during last Sunday’s win over Hull.

The suspension was overturned on appeal and McDermott – who spoke in Bailey’s favour at the second hearing – said: “He has been very good for us.

“I’m sure if he hadn’t been there other people would have rallied around, but it is good for him and it’s good for the game.”

McDermott accepts Bailey needs to work on his running technique, but is adamant the offence was not worth missing a match for.

“You want form players on the field, that is what people want to see in the play-offs,” he said.

“They don’t want to see people banned for something that needs a slap on the wrist.

“He needs bringing into line for it and it was right

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