Leeds Rhinos v Hull FC: McDermott pleased with form

Match action from Leeds Rhinos v Hull FC. PIC: Steve Riding
Match action from Leeds Rhinos v Hull FC. PIC: Steve Riding
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Leeds coach Brian McDermott declared himself happy with his side’s form after they beat Hull 42-10 in their Super League play-off eliminator to book a trip to Huddersfield on Friday.

First-half scores from Jamie Jones-Buchanan, Ben Jones-Bishop and Brent Webb put the Rhinos in control and Weller Hauraki, Kevin Sinfield, Danny McGuire and Ryan Bailey added further tries after the restart.

Leeds are currently in fine form and this victory - their eighth win from 10 games - was their 11th straight success against Hull in an impressive run dating back four years.

McDermott said: “I thought we came up with some sensational patches of play and were brilliant on occasions.

“Hull were always going to come here and have a dig but we made mention of that and said that it was about what we did and about getting our attitude right.

“Leeds as a team have been known for playing hot down the years but we scored some tries tonight through tough options.

“People were willing to run hard and break tackles. And we did that.”

Leeds beat Huddersfield 31-24 at the Galpharm Stadium on the final day of the regular season last weekend.

Yet McDermott is expecting a stern test from the Giants on Friday, saying: “They will have every reason to be strong again.

“We’re not preparing or hoping for anything else, but once again we have continue with the same attitude we showed today.

“Our attitude has been very strong for some weeks now and what goes on in the inside of this place is more important than anything that goes outside of it.

“You can say we are in form but it’s dangerous to acknowledge that.

“We’re in form because of our attitude and our willingness to get our hands dirty. We know how motivated Huddersfield will be on Friday.”

McDermott also reserved special praise for McGuire, who scored his 200th try in Leeds colours.

McDermott said: “He should be proud of that because if you break a record at Leeds then you know you’re in good shape.

“He’s been around the game for a while but he’s still as hungry as ever.”

Hull coach Richard Agar will now leave the club and join Wakefield but will depart the KC Stadium having failed to taste victory over Leeds during his tenure.

Agar’s men scored tries through Richard Whiting and Tom Briscoe but there was no denying the gulf in class between the sides.

Agar said: “There was certainly no fairytale finish.

“That was as poorly as we’ve played for a long, long time - we were well beaten in every department.

“We were disappointed at half-time because I don’t think we competed well enough.

“A lot of our big-game players just did not perform.”

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