LEEDS RHINOS will use their first defeat of the season as a learning experience, hooker Paul Aiton says.
“We weren’t far off,” Aiton said of the 18-6 defeat at Warrington Wolves three days ago. We didn’t play as well as we would have liked to have played. Our execution wasn’t where we would have liked it to be, unfortunately, but we will learn from it.”
It was a tough night for Rhinos, who were without full-back Zak Hardaker due to off-field reasons and the loss of centre Joel Moon with concussion early in the first half.
“Our execution wasn’t there, but what was there was the effort,” Aiton added.
“The boys played with effort throughout the game, but in the end we are just letting ourselves down with our execution across the park.”
Rhinos now have to pick themselves up for a massive home clash with Wigan Warriors on Friday night.
Wigan ended a run of successive defeats with a narrow victory over Hull last Friday.
And Aiton admitted Leeds will need to improve in both defence and attack.
“We’re still definitely not where we want to be,” he said.
“We were hoping for a better outcome (at Warrington), but we will have to review it and see where to go from here.
“If the effort hadn’t been there that would be a big issue, but that wasn’t the case.
“The boys played from the start right to the end, so that is a bonus and a good thing for us.”