Leeds Rhinos: We must keep improving warns Joel Moon

Joel Moon.
Joel Moon.
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WE HAVE to get better. That’s the warning from Aussie ace Joel Moon in the wake of Leeds Rhinos’ most impressive win of the season.

Rhinos will travel to Widnes Vikings in high spirits today following a 40-0 drubbing of Warrington Wolves three days ago.

They have climbed a place to third in Betfred Super League and will be hot favourites to pile more misery on bottom club Widnes, but Moon says the seven tries to none win last Friday was nowhere their best.

“The nil was the most pleasing thing” said the centre/stand-off who is Rhinos’ top try scorer this year with 15.

“We pride ourselves on our defence and to get a nil was pretty special.

“But we have got to keep working hard – we can’t rest on it.

“We’ve got to keep training hard and make sure we go forward.”

The mood in Leeds’ camp is in stark contrast to this time last year when Rhinos were bottom of the table on just six points.

They are the most improved team in the competition this term, but Moon reckons more consistency is needed.

“There’s heaps of improvement in us,” he said.

“We are always looking at stuff so we can keep going forward and improving and hopefully that continues during the season.

“We are trying to string some wins together.

“We have still got a long way to go, we’re not out of the woods yet, but Friday was a start.

“It was a good sign for us. We are improving, we had a loss the week before and we came back and played well and that’s good.

“But we have to keep moving forward and improving and make sure we string some performances together.”

The victory over Warrington came five days after a 29-18 loss to Castleford Tigers at the Magic Weekend.

Widnes gave Castleford a fright on Friday, leading 22-10 in the second half before the league leaders hit back to win 32-22.

Moon described the performance against Warrington as “a good turnaround” from the Magic Weekend setback, but admitted Halton Stadium is a tough venue for visiting teams.

Rhinos have lost their last two away games against Widnes and Moon predicted: “We’ve got a quick turnaround to Widnes and that’ll be a tough game.

“They are always tough at their home ground, but we’ll go there and put our best foot forward and hopefully get the two points.

“Every team in Super League is tough.

“Everyone raises their game to beat Leeds and it is a bit different on their [artificial] pitch.

“You go into the game knowing the ball’s going to bounce a different way, but if we know what we are going to do and stick to our game plan we should be all right.”

Moon began the game against Warrington in the halves, but moved to centre after full-back Ashton Golding was hurt.

“It’s going well, the team’s going well and I am just happy to be in the team,” he said of his form so far this year.

“Scoring tries is good and I’m happy to be helping the team.”