a home clash with Wigan Warriors is the ideal challenge for Leeds Rhinos following their first defeat of the season, according to winger Tom Briscoe.
Rhinos will aim to get back on track against their long-time rivals in two days’ time, a week after their 100 per cent record ended away to Warrington Wolves.
“It’s important to get back to winning ways,” said Briscoe, who scored Rhinos’ only try in the 18-6 setback at HJ Stadium.
“It was our first loss of the season and we’ve got another big game to really get up for this week. It is chance to put things right.
“This is the sort of game we would want. Going to Warrington is always tough, but we were disappointed with our performance.
“We will be doing everything this week to put it right, especially at home.”
Briscoe admitted Rhinos are determined to prove they are a better team than last week’s performance suggested.
“The amount of errors we made in good ball, it’s going to cost any team,” he reflected.
“We just need to be a bit more controlled and patient in there.
“We have shown we can score tries from deep within our own half, so we just need to build a bit more pressure and hopefully good things can happen on the back of that.”
Wigan beat Hull 13-12 last week to end a run of three straight defeats, two of those in Super League.
They have won two and drawn one of their five games so far and are fifth in the table.
Leeds will open a five-point gap over one of their fiercest rivals if they can claim the spoils this week, but Briscoe stressed they will not be reading anything into Wigan’s recent form.
“Everyone raises their game when they come to Headingley,” he warned. “Everyone wants to beat us on our own field, especially when we’re up near the top of the table.
“I am sure they will raise their game and it is going to be tough, but at this time of the season we are concentrating on ourselves and getting our performances in order first, before we start worrying about anybody else.”
Briscoe has failed to score in only one of Rhinos’ five Super League games so far and described himself as “definitely happy” with how he is playing.
“It is good to be in a bit of good form and the tries are coming on the back of that so all is going well so far,” he said.
As far as Wigan are concerned, Briscoe is one who got away. They were keen to sign the England squad man when his contract at Hull was coming to an end, but Briscoe, who turns 25 tomorrow, said Leeds were always his first choice.
“We had talks,” he confirmed. “But I think as soon as the Leeds contact came up I bit at that chance.”
Briscoe insisted Wigan’s former interest in him does not add extra spice to Friday’s showdown.
“Nothing,” he said. “It didn’t get to anything serious.”
Meanwhile, Rhinos under-19s are in action at Stanningley tomorrow (7.30pm) when they take on the travelling Huddersfield Giants.