Leeds Rhinos: Defeat rests solely on Rhinos’ shoulders says Hall

Ryan Hall.
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TWO-TRY WINGER Ryan Hall felt Leeds Rhinos got what they deserved from their 18-14 Magic Weekend loss to Wigan Warriors.

Leeds hit back from 18-4 down and had a touchdown ruled out by video referee Phil Bentham in the dying minutes, but Hall had no quibble with the result. He said: “You get what you deserve in rugby league. Wigan came out with a young side and played very well. They have done it to us before. We told ourselves not to be lulled into that, because the last time it happened they put 50 on us, at Headingley, but credit to Wigan, they came out and played rugby league better to the letter of the law.

“It is all about contact and all about aggression and that’s what they brought. I thought they were very good and it took us 60 minutes to get into it. When we did we were very good towards the back end. It was quite dramatic towards the end, as it was in the same fixture last year. But I think it was the correct decision, we will go home, review this game and get ready to play better against Hull on Friday.”

Hall admitted Rhinos can’t afford to start slowly against quality opposition. He added: “We’ve been a group together for a long time and we should have learned that lesson by now. You can’t start playing at 60 minutes. We did it in the Challenge Cup final against Wigan a few years ago, we let them get a 16-point head start and then started fighting back.

“It was the same old story then. A lot of people were saying if we’d had 10 more minutes we might have won that game.

“We need to start learning these lessons instead of falling into the same trap again.”

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