McDermott delighted after Leeds Rhinos display serious intent

Rob  Burrow finds his path blocked at Huddersfield. Picture: Steve Riding.
Rob Burrow finds his path blocked at Huddersfield. Picture: Steve Riding.
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LAST NIGHT’S 36-12 win at Huddersfield Giants was perfect play-offs preparation, Leeds Rhinos boss Brian McDermott said.

Second-placed Rhinos will play Hull – who finished third in the Super-8s after winning at Castleford last night – in a sudden-death semi-final next Friday.

Leeds Rhinos' head coach, Brian McDermott.  Picture: Bruce Rollinson

Leeds Rhinos' head coach, Brian McDermott. Picture: Bruce Rollinson

“It was a good workout,” McDermott said. “Lots of blokes were physically challenged, we are in good shape and confident.

“Hull are a good team and we are going to have to be good next week.”

Of last night’s performance, McDermott enthused: “It was very good.

“A lot of credit went to our defence.

Our defence meant we didn’t see the best of Huddersfield. We had a good attitude from the start. It was a tough encounter, I was really pleased.

Leeds Rhinos’ head coach, Brian McDermott

“Our defence meant we didn’t see the best of Huddersfield. We had a good attitude from the start. It was a tough encounter, I was really pleased.”

The only setback for Leeds in their final league game of the season was an injury to forward Brett Delaney.

McDermott confirmed he damaged a hamstring, adding: “That’s not looking good. I don’t think he will play next week.”

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