Unbeaten Leeds Rhinos please boss Mac

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Leeds Rhinos coach Brian McDermott felt his side were “good” in the 38-4 First Utilities Super League win over Widnes Vikings.

Rhinos ran in seven tries – five of them in the second half after leading only 10-0 at the interval – to end Widnes’ winning start to the season and extend their unbeaten run to five matches.

“It was a good one I thought,” McDermott said.

“We had a good test and it was a good contest throughout.

“We showed enough defensive resilience and offensive composure and we needed to, because Widnes always looked like they were going to get in the game.

“They were in the game in terms of possession and field position and they always looked like threatening to score a couple of tries here and there.

“To post a scoreline like that and keep them down to four points was good.”

Rhinos have conceded 46 points in five games and McDermott added: “That is a reflection of times spent in the job.

“This is my fourth season with the group and while we have changed and adapted things, players get used to a certain way and they get better at the systems and structures and the infrastructure of what we do.”

Winger Ben Jones-Bishop was called up for his first game of the season, replacing the rested Ryan Hall.

He scored Leeds’ opening two tries and provided the final pass for another and McDermott said: “He has probably done what he planned to do.

“He certainly put his hand up and will make the decision we make next week and the following weeks difficult, but we will roll the squad about and people will get game time.”

Centre Joel Moon suffered a hamstring injury early in the first half last night, but McDermott is hopeful that is not serious.

Jamie Peacock damaged a calf muscle before the break and did not appear in the second period.

Matt Parcell

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