Leeds Rhinos: Mixed emotions for Mac after derby defeat

Kallum Watkins
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LEEDS RHINOS coach Brian McDermott had mixed feelings after his side’s 16-14 loss at Wakefield Trinity Wildcats.

McDermott was unhappy with aspects of his below-strength team’s performance, but praised the effort of a line-up which included five teenagers.

The coach said he had no complaints about the result, despite Wakefield having a try controversially awarded by the video referees and Rhinos seeing one - which would have won them the game - debatably ruled out late on.

“I don’t have a complaint,” McDermott said. “Wakefield played well enough to win.

“I don’t think we were terrible, but I was disappointed with a range of things.

“I thought parts of our defence weren’t switched on enough, but I thought we gave it everything.

“I thought we put our guts into that. You win some of those and some you don’t.”

Wakefield have gone four games unbeaten since James Webster took over as coach last month.

Webster reckons his team are now virtually safe from relegation and he said: “It is a while since I have thought about relegation.

“I have got a group of players who are busting their backsides to try and improve. When you have got a group of people as committed to the cause as they are you don’t starting thinking about people catching you, you start thinking about catching other teams.

“I am a proud bloke, I thought we had 17 people who fought right to the end.”

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