LEEDS RHINOS need to go on the offensive in their bid for the treble, German international Jimmy Keinhorst says.
Friday’s defeat by St Helens, coupled, with Wigan Warriors’ win over Catalans Dragons the following day, has blown the race for the First Utility Super League leaders’ shield wide open.
Rhinos are now just two points clear of Wigan – who play host to Hull on Friday night – and face a tough trip to Catalans Dragons’ Stade Gilbert Brutus fortress on Saturday.
Keinhorst said: “We know we are by no means there yet.
“There’s three big games to play and every team will have a say in that.
“We have got to attack the games coming up and build some momentum.”
The loss to Saints was Rhinos’ first setback in two months and came six days after they had lifted the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup. But Keinhorst insisted: “I don’t think we can use that as an excuse, I don’t think we were good enough on the night. I think we were well in the game, but for whatever reason we couldn’t stay with Saints until the end.
“There’s obviously plenty to work on for this week. It is always a tough trip, going to Catalans, but we will go there with confidence and try and bounce back.
“We will fix some things from Friday night and hopefully we can pick up a win that will get us back on track again.
“It hasn’t knocked our confidence too much. Playing Saints is always a tough task and we just have to improve for this week.”
Keinhorst was recalled at centre, after being dropped from the Wembley line-up and scored Rhinos’ first try.
“It was a big disappointment,” he said of missing the Cup final. “But as soon as you get over that you just want to support the boys. They put on a fantastic show at Wembley and full credit to them. It was a massive performance and I was really pleased for them, but we have to turn our attentions to the league now and kick on from here.”