Leeds Rhinos: We must keep pushing on, insists skipper Danny McGuire

Danny McGuire.
Danny McGuire.
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LEEDS RHINOS need to keep the pedal to the metal when they face Hull FC at Headingley tomorrow, skipper Danny McGuire says.

It will be Rhinos’ first game since McGuire confirmed he is leaving the club at the end of this year.

Rhinos are one point away from guaranteeing a top-four finish in the regular season and – with third-placed Salford visiting leaders Castleford Tigers tomorrow – a win over Hull could seal second place before the Super-8s.

“We need to keep going,” stressed McGuire, who was outstanding in last Sunday’s 50-24 win at Salford.

“We are in a good place at the minute and everybody’s enjoying what we’re doing.

“We’ve got a tough game against Hull, but at this stage of the season it’s about picking up the wins and keeping ticking over and trying to improve and working hard for each other. I think we are ticking all those boxes.”

McGuire stressed it is important to build momentum. He added: “The way the league is shaping up there’s going to be some interesting games in the Super-8s.

“There’s no gimmie games and sixth, seventh and eighth will be fighting for fourth spot so every game’s going to be important now, which is what the competition wants.”

The win four days ago was an indication of what Rhinos are capable of, according to McGuire. He said: “I thought across the board everybody was really strong. It was a really good performance.

“Salford are a good team and they challenge you a lot defensively, but I thought the first half was picture perfect really. Everything we planned to do we executed well and we defended well which you have to do against Salford. It was really pleasing and to score 50 points against any team in this competition is a good achievement.

“We made them work hard for most of their tries, apart from one, so there was lots of positives to take from the game. When we lost Kallum [Watkins, due to concussion] towards the back end of the first half it disrupted us a bit, but I thought our forwards were really strong.

“They laid a platform and enabled us to play with the ball a bit. We were very disciplined and very controlled so it was good.”