Leeds Rhinos: Missed tackles are costing us dear says Hardaker

Zak Hardaker.
Zak Hardaker.
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BELIEF REMAINS strong in Leeds Rhinos’ camp, but they need to turn that into positive performances on the field.

That’s the message from full-back Zak Hardaker in the wake of three successive defeats which have threatened to derail Rhinos’ season.

Leeds looked unstoppable when they demolished Hull KR in the Challenge Cup final at the end of last month, but since then the wheels have come off.

Rhinos travel to Huddersfield Giants for a must-win final First Utility Super-8s fixture on Friday and Hardaker said their season rests on recapturing the form they were in just three weeks ago.

“In ourselves we know we can do it because we have been one of the best teams throughout the year,” Hardaker stressed.

“We can’t say the best team, because we’re not there at the moment. It is up to us to right some wrongs and really be on our game this week.”

Hardaker insisted Rhinos are doing everything right in preparation and training, but simple errors – particularly in defence – are proving costly on game day.

“We are falling off tackles,” he said.

“You can do all the game plans in the world, you can have as many days off as you want, you can have short or long turnarounds, but if the opposition are breaking through people, no matter who you play, you are going to get beaten.

“Attitudinally, we’ve got to get it right.”