BOSS BRIAN McDermott reckoned Leeds Rhinos “weren’t that far off” in last night’s 29-10 home defeat by Warrington Wolves.
It was only Rhinos’ second reverse of the season, following an 18-6 loss away to the same opposition last month.
With St Helens winning at home to Widnes Vikings, Rhinos’ lead on the First Utility Super League table has been reduced to four points. Warrington led 14-4 at the interval and scored five tries to two to ruin Leeds skipper Kevin Sinfield’s 500th game for the club.
Asked if he could put his finger on what went wrong, McDermott said: “I don’t think we were that far off really throughout the whole game.
“I didn’t think Warrington were that far in front throughout the whole game, but then they were three tries in front within a short period of time really.
“Then the game takes on a different focus and we have to look at doing different things. We clearly started to over-play a bit in that second half, so it was a range of things really.
“Credit to Warrington. They were presented with some opportunities in the first half and nailed them.
“I don’t know what their completion and possession rates would be like, but they made very few errors.
“We played a good version of Warrington and got beat.”
Wolves have now beaten Rhinos twice in a season when they have overpowered all other opposition.
“I don’t know if it was exactly the same as last time,” boss McDermott added.
“They scored three tries early in this game, which made it difficult for us.
“Two of those tries were from really well-executed kicks in the early stages.
“They are hard to defend. You overcompensate for that and if you expect that to happen you are going to get done somewhere else. Probably the result and the fact we were never really in the game was the similar feature between this game and the game over there.”