Leeds Rhinos: Deighted coach McDermott would pay to watch star Watkins

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A MONTH which began with a devastating low ended on a huge high for Leeds Rhinos last night.

Rhinos’ 26-18 win over champions Wigan Warriors was their fourth successive victory since the record 66-10 loss at Castleford Tigers on March 2.

The win moved Leeds up to second in the table, behind Castleford on points difference, though they have played one game more.

Leeds boss Brian McDermott refused to get carried away, but insisted he was “pleased” with the win.

He said: “We made some errors and allowed Wigan to keep snapping at our heels. We threatened to put more points on them, but they came back and made it a real contest.”

Highlight of the night was a long-range try by Kallum Watkins in his 200th game for Leeds.

“It is just a joy to watch him when he’s like that,” McDermott said.

“To watch him in fifth gear is worth the money on its own. I’d pay.

“They have got some speedsters Wigan, but he backed himself and said ‘catch me if you can’.

“I thought the pass to Kallum from Danny McGuire was top drawer. Kallum’s game has got to be under-pinned by the likes of Jamie Jones-Buchanan, Carl Ablett and Adam Cuthbertson.”

Wigan coach Shaun Wane admitted his team were second-best.

He said: “I’m depressed, I thought we could have won it.

“We weren’t smart enough, they are a fantastic team and they were the better team on the day, the best team won it.”