the next try can’t come soon enough for Leeds Rhinos ace Danny McGuire.
McGuire touched down in Rhinos’ opening game of the season, at Hull KR, to move on to 249 career tries – and has been there ever since.
Super League’s leading try scorer of all time has gone five games without crossing the whitewash and admitted he will be glad when his latest milestone is out of the way.
“I just can’t seem to get on the end of it at the minute,” he said. “It is one of those things.
“I think my game is changing a bit, I am trying to take a bit more responsibility and trying to hopefully create opportunities for other players.
“It will be nice when I do get that 250th and I can get it out of the way, but at the minute I am happy with how I am playing and how the team is going and they are the most important things.”
McGuire will get his next chance on Friday, when Rhinos make the trip to early-season pace-setters St Helens. “They’ve started the season well and they look impressive,” he said.
“They have got a very big pack and some exciting backs as well – exciting English backs, which is good for the game.
“It will be a good game. I enjoy playing over at their place and it’s always a tough game. Hopefully we’ll have a few back that missed the London game, but we are excited and looking forward to the challenge.”
Rhinos ended Saints’ season last year, beating them 11-10 in a sudden-death play-off at Headingley Carnegie when McGuire’s drop goal proved the winner. McGuire said. “It was a physical game and pretty intense. I had only just come back from injury, so it was a bit of a shock to the system for me. We didn’t have much left in the tank after that and Wigan beat us the game after, but it was definitely a memorable game.
“Hopefully it will be a bit easier this time, but I imagine it is going to be a tight game. They look strong in attack and defence and it’ll be the team that takes its opportunities that probably comes out on top this week. We have got a week’s preparation so we will look at the weekend’s game and what we can improve on for Saints this week.”
Saints will be without injured half-back Luke Walsh, left, who was their outstanding player in the first five First Utility Super League rounds.
“They have got people who can fill in,” McGuire said.
“Jon Wilkin is able to step in and he’s a very skilful player. They will be a big threat.”
Rhinos warmed up with a 54-6 win over London Broncos three days ago.
McGuire said: “London stuck at it and it wasn’t easy, but to keep them to six points, we are happy with that.”