TABLE-TOPPING LEEDS Rhinos are building momentum for the Super-8s, forward Carl Ablett says.
Rhinos produced an attacking masterclass in their 70-6 win over Salford Red Devils, which followed back-to-back games against St Helens and Wigan Warriors.
Leeds had suffered an agonising last-gasp defeat at Wigan and Ablett felt the 13-try show against Salford was an ideal response.
He said: “It was on the back of two big efforts against two big teams.
“I think it was important we backed up and we need to build some momentum going into the Super-8s, because they are going to be intense.
“We will be playing all the top teams and the seven games are going to be tough, so it’s important we get in that rhythm of being involved in big games.
“We will have to play well for the full-80. To score that many tries against a Super League side is testament to how we are attacking.”
Ablett, who had a spell in the halves after both Danny McGuire and Rob Burrow had been taken off, was just as happy with Leeds’ defensive effort.
“To concede only one try, off a kick off a ricochet off a post, is pleasing,” he said. “We have probably conceded too many points this year, so going into the Super-8s we know we can score points – we have proved that all year – but we need to tighten our defence up and start conceding fewer points.”
Rhinos led 40-0 at the break and kept their foot down in the second half, despite some positional and personnel changes.
“That was pleasing,” Ablett said. “We talked about that at half-time, not taking our foot off and accepting what was there, but to keep doing the small things.
“We did that and when you do, you score points.
“Some of the passes we did and the interplays we put on are born out of pre-season and all the practice we put in on the training field.”