Leeds Rhinos woes not solved with magic wand, insists Brian McDermott

DOWN IN THE DUMPS: Leeds Rhinos' coach, Brian McDermott.
DOWN IN THE DUMPS: Leeds Rhinos' coach, Brian McDermott.
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COACH Brian McDermott says Leeds Rhinos’ poor run of results is not due to form.

Rhinos have lost 12 of their 15 competitive games this year and are bottom of First Utility Super League and out of the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup.

But reacting to the 36-22 cup defeat at Huddersfield Giants, McDermott insisted: “I don’t think there’s players out of form.

“I don’t think this is a form thing. You’ve got a group of senior blokes who are taking care of a group of younger men.

“And a group of younger men who are making, at times, some naive choices and a group of senior blokes who are probably feeling a little bit of pressure.

“There’s that many questions being asked of the senior players. We are all waiting for the senior players to all of a sudden wave some magic wands.

“Yes, we’re not playing well. Yes, we at times look like we are lacking cohesion, because we do, especially attacking Huddersfield’s tryline. But I don’t think that’s a form thing.

“I don’t think that’s anything to do with form. There isn’t a moment in training when we just give our heads a shake [and say] let’s get back to it, let’s get a motivational speaker in and all of a sudden everything will be all right. There are some things out of our control, that we can’t control.”

McDermott added: “Through these tough moments you want to stick together and be a tight unit and we are. I am confident of that. I am not watching a group of people that don’t care. Everybody’s absolutely committed.”

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