LEEDS RHINOS took another step forward with a 38-14 derby win over visitors Wakefield Trinity last night.
It was their fourth win from six games this season and second in succession following a record defeat at Castleford Tigers earlier this month.
Coach Brian McDermott said: “It was a good, solid one.
“We’re pleased to back up from last week’s good performance.
“There were some good passages of play and I thought we were great defensively, but I don’t think we saw the best of Wakefield.”
McDermott hailed Mitch Garbutt’s performance on his return from injury and said fellow forward Anthony Mullally had his best performance in a Leeds shirt, but identified hooker Matt Parcell as his man of the match.
Brett Ferres made his first appearance of the season after injury and McDermott said: “We planned to give him 15 minutes and he did 65.
“He’s immensely durable. There were some solid performances from everybody and it was big for Ashton Golding to kick seven from seven.”
Wakefield went into last night on a two-game winning run.
Their coach Chris Chester said: “It was very disappointing, we got out-muscled and out-enthused.
“We tried freshening the team during the week, but we were poor straight from the kick-off. Leeds are a good side, they will hurt you and we couldn’t find a way to stop them.”