Leeds Rhinos: Stand-in skipper warns Rhinos can only get better

Danny McGuire.
Danny McGuire.
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stand-in skipper Danny McGuire says Leeds Rhinos are in good spirits following their 26-14 win over Wigan Warriors.

McGuire, who captained the side with Kevin Sinfield out injured, said: “The lads put in everything out there, from one to 17 we all worked really hard for each other. I thought there were some big hits from both teams, so we were really pleased to come out with the result and it was a great effort from one to 17.”

Friday’s win came a week after Leeds suffered their first defeat of the season, 18-6 at Warrington Wolves and McGuire said they can take heart from the way they responded to that setback.

“We were disappointed (with the performance at Warrington),” McGuire said. “You can never question the effort from the lads, but we probably just weren’t smart enough in a few areas.

“I thought we did some nice stuff against Wigan. We have still got plenty to work on, but it is encouraging. We are a team that’s still looking to improve and get better. There’s a lot of work to do, but some positive signs.”

Rhinos travel to Catalans Dragons on Saturday before Easter derbies at Castleford Tigers and home to Wakefield Trinity Wildcats.

McGuire said: “We’ve had a tough couple of games, so now it’s about resting up and getting ready for the trip to France and then the tough Easter period.

“The next few weeks are going to be crucial, but I think we’ve got the squad and players to come through with some good results.”