McDermott happy with Leeds Rhinos performance against Crusaders

Ali Lauitiiti scores a try against Crusaders. PIC: Steve Riding
Ali Lauitiiti scores a try against Crusaders. PIC: Steve Riding
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BOSS Brian McDermott felt Leeds Rhinos were full value for last night’s tense 12-7 win over Crusaders in Wrexham.

Leeds trailed 6-0 until 12 minutes from time and were 7-6 down with four left, but tries by Danny McGuire and Ali Lauitiiti and two Kevin Sinfield goals secured a second successive win.

“We deserved it 100 per cent,” McDermott said afterwards. “I told the players don’t listen to anyone saying we got away with that one.

“We defended ourselves into that game. To say we got out of jail suggests things went our way that we didn’t deserve.

“I can’t think of too many occasions when things went our way that we didn’t deserve.

“We defended a lot of sets near our tryline in the first half, which took a lot out of us.

“Once we resisted the majority of that, that’s how you put yourselves in a position to win.”

McDermott added: “For a purist I really enjoyed the game. Even if we’d lost I wouldn’t have been disappointed because of the effort we put in.”

McGuire suffered a knee injury, but could be available for next Friday’s derby against Bradford Bulls.

Crusaders coach Iestyn Harris hailed his side’s “outstanding” performance and said they were “desperately unlucky” not to record a convincing win.

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