determined HALF-BACK/HOOKER Rob Burrow (pictured) says Leeds Rhinos have no time to feel sorry for themselves following their shock home loss to already-relegated Bradford Bulls.
Friday’s defeat came just eight days before Rhinos are due to meet Warrington Wolves in a Tetley’s Challenge Cup semi-final at St Helens and Burrow said that means they have to get straight back on the horse.
“Derby games are big ones and ones you look forward to on the calendar, so to lose out to a really determined Bradford side was disappointing,” Burrow admitted of the 20-14 result which cost Leeds chance to go top of the Super League table.
“But we can’t dwell on it too much, because we’ve got a big game coming up. We will address this, move on and get ready for Saturday.
“We will come in on Monday and focus on the semi-final. Friday didn’t go to plan, but we need to move on quickly and get ready for this weekend.
“Everybody wants to play a game after you lose and there’s no bigger incentive to win than in a semi-final with a place at Wembley at stake. We will put right what went wrong (on Friday) and we’ll move on.”
Rhinos made what boss Brian McDermott described as a “ridiculous” number of errors against Bradford, but Burrow refused to blame the wet conditions.
“It’s the same for both sides,” Burrow said. “But it spoiled what sort of game it could have been.
“The passing wasn’t at its best because of it, but you have to be able to deal with that. We live in England and you never know what the weather’s going to be like. They handled it better and we made far too many errors to win the game.”
Leeds led just once, when Luke Briscoe (pictured inset right) scored his first senior try 10 minutes from the end. Even then, Burrow conceded: “I thought there was another try in the game.
“They weren’t going to stop trying, they are playing with nothing to lose and they are a really dangerous side at the moment. Credit to them, they had enough at the end.”
To add to Rhinos’ worries, they lost winger Ben Jones-Bishop (pictured right) with damage to an ankle and knee in the first half.
The England Knights flier is set to join Salford Red Devils on a three-year deal at the end of this season and there are fears he may have played his last game for Leeds.
“Poor lad,” said Burrow. “He is such a nice lad and it is terrible for him. It is a tough sport rugby and Bish has had his fair share of setbacks, but he is a really determined guy. Hopefully it is not as bad as first thought and he can be back playing soon.”