Leeds Rhinos: Smiles all round but Rhinos stay grounded says Burrow

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STAND-IN CAPTAIN Rob Burrow says Leeds Rhinos have a new spring in their step ahead of Friday’s trip to St Helens.

Rhinos are on the back of a win for only the third time this year, after the 20-18 success over high-flying Hull four days ago.

Rob Burrow.

Rob Burrow.

It was a much-improved performance following a run of four straight defeats and Burrow stressed the aim is to build on that this week.

“We are confident in what we can do,” Burrow said.

“But to get a win against a good team who are in form was a big relief.

“We are not getting too carried away, it was only one win, but we came in on Monday smiling and we are aiming to build for Saints this week.

“There are no easy games for us and it is a really tough run.

“We know we have got to be better than last week, but we have got a good base to go from.”

Rhinos have climbed a place to 10th in the First Utility Super League table, but are still four points outside the top-eight.

Burrow admitted they need to put a run together soon if they are to avoid a relegation battle in the final third of the campaign.

The defending champions have yet to record back-to-back wins this season and Burrow conceded: “The more games you lose, the harder it is.

“We are way into the season now and we need to start turning things around.”

Despite that, the half-back/hooker insisted the way forward for Rhinos is to concentrate on performance first, rather than worrying about the table.

“We have been a bit anxious at times,” he said.

“But on Friday we weren’t worried about failing, we were just concentrating on performing well.

“If you go into a game thinking ‘I hope we don’t lose again’ you are generally going to have that. We had a good week’s training and we built on that and we did enough.”

Burrow played the full 80 minutes against Hull, with Beau Falloon left as an unused substitute. He said: “The conditions weren’t great for chucking the ball about.

“I knew I could get an involvement just by running.

“The lads played the ball quick and that enabled me to do that.

“The game wasn’t the most skilful, but it was a dogged game by the boys. I was just glad to be on the winning side.”

With Burrow starting at hooker, Jordan Lilley returned to the team in his specialist scrum-half role and played a crucial part in the win with a try and four goals.

“For such a young man he is full of confidence,” Burrow said.

“That’s what you need. You can’t just wait and dip your toe in, he puts everything into it as he did when I coached him in the scholarship.

“He is a leader and he doesn’t show any nerves when he steps up with the big lads. I thought he and Sutty [Liam Sutcliffe] were really, really good. Being at nine you want good talk and good organisation from your halves and they were great.”

Meanwhile, the RFL match review panel decided not to charge Hull’s Liam Watts over a high tackle on Burrow.

Leeds’ Carl Ablett also avoided a charge for a high tackle on Fetuli Talanoa, but teammate Jimmy Keinhorst has been cautioned for making dangerous contact with Watts.