Leeds Rhinos put out Dragons’ fire

Shaun Lunt scores on his debut. PIC: Steve Riding
Shaun Lunt scores on his debut. PIC: Steve Riding
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Boss Brian McDermott was a happy man after Leeds Rhinos’ 34-18 win over Catalan Dragons.

“It was a great performance against a strong team,” said McDermott as Rhinos extended their 100 per cent winning record at home against Catalan to eight games.

Leeds led 12-0 early on and 16-6 at the interval. “It was a tough one and we had to go through some tough periods,” McDermott added.

“I thought we went a bit too quiet in that second half and almost sat back and rested on what we’d done in the first half a bit.

“But that’s not giving Catalan enough credit I suppose. They challenge you when they are in possession and it’s a tiring form of defence that you’ve got to go through.

Skill

“You do get asked a lot of questions defensively, but there was a combination of outstanding skill in there, but also some resilience.

“There was some real toughness, which we certainly haven’t seen for the last four or five games.”

Loan signing Shaun Lunt scored a debut try, after coming in to replace Rob Burrow, who has a fractured cheekbone.

McDermott said: “I don’t think Rob will be out for less than four weeks.

“Hopefully we will get him back after that fourth week. The surgeons have the call here and there’s obviously some safety issues.

“We knew earlier in the week that he’d cracked his cheekbone. We weren’t sure to what extent.

“There are some players in the game playing with broken hands and broken cheekbones, when the surgeon says you’re not going to do any more damage and if you can handle the pain, away you go.

“But in Rob’s case, there’s a safety issue that if he gets a direct hit on the same spot it’s dangerous.”

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