WE ARE a good team and we will bounce back.
That was the defiant message from Leeds Rhinos’ Aussie centre Joel Moon as their season threatened to come off the rails.
Saturday’s 46-16 hammering by Catalans Dragons in the First Utility Super-8s was Rhinos’ second successive loss following their Challenge Cup final triumph and their worst defeat in more than three years.
They remain top of the table with two games left, including Thursday’s home derby against Castleford Tigers, but now lead Wigan only on points difference.
“We can turn it around,” insisted Moon, who scored Leeds’ third and final try in Perpignan.
“We are a good team. We’ve had a few hiccups, but we will train hard this week and we will turn it around.”
Rhinos flew to and from France on Saturday and will have little time to get ready for Thursday’s must-win clash.
“We’ll have to work on some plays in training, because we need to fix up what went wrong out there,” Moon said. “We’ll get back into training, train hard and work on what we got wrong and be ready to go again against Cas on Thursday night.”
Tigers are out of contention for a semi-final place following last Thursday’s loss to St Helens, but Moon knows they would love to end Leeds’ hopes of the league leaders’ shield.
“Every team who comes to Leeds plays tough,” he said.
“All the games in the top-eight are tough, but we will be prepared to play well on Thursday.”
Of the defeat two days ago, but said: “Catalans played well.
“Credit to them, they came out and did everything they could and we just couldn’t keep up.”