THESE ARE tough times for Leeds Rhinos, but forward Brett Ferres insists it is not a crisis.
Four successive losses – including a 25-18 defeat to Huddersfield Giants three days ago – have left Rhinos seventh in Betfred Super League.
Three more players joined the champions’ long injury list, but Ferres insisted: “There’s no crisis.”
He said: “I don’t believe there is. We’ve got 17 blokes who are working hard. We’ve got a lot of very good players who are out long-term, but we’ve got young kids who are coming in and doing a good job. The smart plays are what we are lacking at the moment.
“We are working hard for each other, we’re just not smart enough at times.”
Super League leaders St Helens are Rhinos’ next opponents, at Emerald Headingley on Friday.
That is a tall order, but Ferres pledged: “There’s no doubt we will be up for it.
“We are coming off a poor loss and a poor performance and we are down on troops, but we will dust ourselves off, we’ll review it and then have a big week and an exciting week as well.
“We are on Sky, we’re playing Saints – who are red hot – and we just need to put a performance in.”
Reflecting on the defeat by his former club Huddersfield, Ferres admitted: “We made really hard work of that one.
“We looked all right in patches, but just let ourselves down.
“We weren’t good enough with the ball when we had opportunities and Huddersfield took theirs.
“Defensively we were good for two or three plays, then we seemed to have a little lapse and the next thing we knew we were on our goal line.
“It was certainly a really disappointing performance from us.”