Leeds Rhinos: Mac’s facing Carnegie Challenge Cup dilemma

Match action from Leeds Rhinos v Hull. PIC: Steve Riding
Match action from Leeds Rhinos v Hull. PIC: Steve Riding
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Leeds Rhinos coach Brian McDermott admits he is facing a selection dilemma ahead of next Saturday’s Carnegie Challenge Cup semi-final showdown with Wigan Warriors.

Rhinos warmed up with an impressive 21-6 win over Hull, which lifted them to fifth in Stobart Super League and was their fourth straight win.

“I have got some players who are playing well and some who didn’t play in this game who will feature next week,” McDermott said.

“Between myself, Jimmy [assistant-coach James Lowes] and the rest of the coaching staff, we will have some decisions to make.”

Jamie Jones-Buchanan and Kylie Leuluai were both rested after playing in Wednesday’s International Origin match and Weller Hauraki missed out due to a rib injury.

Leeds led 14-0 at half-time before edging an error-strewn second period 7-6.

Of last night’s performance, the coach said: “It was very solid defensively and we were very good when we needed to be.

“Rather than be downbeat about that second half, which frustrated everybody involved I am sure, it puts into perspective how good we were in the first half.

“I think the second half was more reflective of how the game should have looked in the conditions.

“It has been raining for three weeks solid and the field’s like a big, wet sponge.

“In the first half we handled those conditions incredibly well. In the second, some things we did were disappointing, but some of the errors were a realistic indication of the conditions.”

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