SKIPPER Kevin Sinfield insists Leeds Rhinos’ players must shoulder responsibility for their shaky start to the season.
Rhinos have lost half of their six Engage Super League games so far and face a testing trip to an improving Wakefield Trinity Wildcats tomorrow.
It has been a tough opening to Brian McDermott’s reign at Leeds, but Sinfield has given the new boss his full backing – and he said it is “about time” the team start delivering the goods.
“We have had an up and down start, but I believe in what Brian Mac is trying to do with us and I think it is the way forward,” Sinfield stated.
“The coaching staff have been great. It is down to the players – it is our responsibility and sooner or later the penny has got to drop with some of the things we are doing.
“That needs to start this week. With any learning process sometimes you make mistakes and errors.
“The disappointing thing throughout the six games so far is we have been making the same mistakes and errors.
“If we can rein some of those in it will make us a lot better side.”
Sinfield added: “There’s some things we need to adjust slightly and some things we need to learn from.
“Over the last six weeks we have made error after error, game after game and we haven’t really learned from it.
“That is our fault as players – we need to improve and the place to do that is out on the field.
“We are working as hard as we can in training trying to fix some stuff up and hopefully we can do that on Sunday.
“The big thing is how positive everybody is. Last year was pretty tough at times and there was quite a bit of negativity flying around.
“This year we haven’t been as good as we can be and we’ve lost three times, but I am really enjoying playing.
“That is a great sign, because when you are enjoying your rugby, you play your best stuff. I feel for this group, that is only just around the corner.”
A four-point deduction for entering administration has left Wildcats in 13th spot on the table, but Sinfield reckons Leeds face a stern examination tomorrow.
“It has always been tough for us at Wakefield,” he said. “With the situation we find ourselves in at the minute, it won’t be any different this week.
“John Kear has done a magnificent job for Wakefield and I have got so much respect for him – how he has stayed there and battled on and done his best with a lot of young lads.
“He has given people an opportunity, but hopefully we can go there and put in a great performance and get two points.
“We need to start building some momentum. We have got some tough games coming up and the Cup draw being like it is, there’s no respite for anybody.
“We have got to roll our sleeves up. It has been tough for us with injuries and players seem to be dropping like flies, but we have talked about our squad having strength in depth and we need to really test that now.
“It is a big challenge for us, but we need to be better.”