Leeds Rhinos: Brian McDermott delighted with “tough” Rhinos

Rhinos celebrate Kallum Watkins  second try against Hull FC Picture Bruce Rollinson
Rhinos celebrate Kallum Watkins second try against Hull FC Picture Bruce Rollinson
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DELIGHTED BOSS Brian McDermott saluted a “tough” Leeds Rhinos performance after they stunned Super League leaders Hull.

Rhinos, who remain bottom of the table, came from 13-4 behind at the break to complete a league double over Hull with a stunning, last-gasp 20-15 success.

Hull scored two tries in the first half, but were restricted to just a penalty goal in the second 40 and two late touchdowns earned Leeds a famous win.

McDermott said he was “proud of the players” after only their sixth victory in 23 competitive games since last year’s Grand Final triumph.

“I thought the defence was great throughout, a bit like last week and probably the week before,” said the coach.

“While there are some blips every now and again, I thought our defence was hungry all game.

“We came out and we had a huge amount of momentum to start with. We scored a try and looked the dominant team and Hull came back.

“Hull are a good team and the most pleasing thing about it is we beat a good team, not a team that was poor.”

McDermott added: “They came back and got hold of the game and for us to fight again and get back into the game again, it’s probably the first time we have done that this year.

“I am pleased with the win and pleased with a few aspects in it, but the biggest aspect I am pleased with is for the first time this year we looked like a tough team.

“We go again next week against Wigan and we have got to keep getting better each week.”

It was a memorable debut for hooker James Segeyaro and McDermott said: “He was good, I thought our ruck looked a bit more fluent.

“Our props and back-rowers looked to have a bit more timing about them, he said.”