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.
“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.”