HARD WORK secured Leeds Rhinos’ second win of the First Utility Super League season, coach Brian McDermott felt.
Rhinos saw off Warrington Wolves 18-12 at Headingley Carnegie, after trailing early on and seeing the visitors almost snatch something in the final moments.
Said McDermott: “It was a tough win.
“I didn’t think we were massively better than Warrington, we were never that far away from them on the scoreboard.
“In terms of momentum I didn’t think we were that much in control throughout the game, so it was a hard-earned win.”
Zak Hardaker scored a brace of tries and Tom Briscoe marked his home debut with a sensational long-range effort.
Rhinos’ 10 tries this season have all been scored by backs and McDermott said that comes from being willing to put the hard yards in as a team.
“If you are willing to stay in the contest with teams and trade sets, we have some outside-backs who can do special things and we have forwards who live and breathe hard work,” he said.
“When you do that you are allowed to score some fantastic tries and not feel lucky.”
The coach did have a blast at his side for Warrington’s second try, describing it as “unbelievably soft”.
The win was marred by an injury to captain Kevin Sinfield, who limped off late in the game.
McDermott said: “It is a bad twist of his ankle. He is hobbling about and he has got ice on it. It doesn’t look like a simple one.”