We can still change the momentum, says Briscoe

Danny McGuire, centre, leads the disconsolate Leeds Rhinos team off the field on Thursday night.
Danny McGuire, centre, leads the disconsolate Leeds Rhinos team off the field on Thursday night.
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WINGER TOM Briscoe says under-par Leeds Rhinos are down, but not out.

Successive losses to St Helens, Catalans Dragons and Castleford Tigers have left Rhinos’ treble hopes hanging by a thread, but Briscoe reckons Leeds can get their season back on track.

With Saints beating Wigan last night and Huddersfield winning at Hull it means Rhinos stay top. They will win the League Leaders’ Shield if they beat Huddersfield next week, but the other two could also finish top, too.

“We can get out of it,” Briscoe said of the hole Rhinos have tumbled into since their Challenge Cup final win three weeks ago. We have shown over the season the heights we can reach, but for the last couple of weeks we’ve been really under-par.

“It is disappointing the way we are finishing, but hopefully we can buck our ideas up and go into the semis on the back of a bit of a form and a good performance at Huddersfield next week. Good teams don’t lose it that quickly.

A bit of momentum is going against us, but there’s only us that can change that.”

Rhinos suffered a similar collapse last season, when they lost all four games after winning the Challenge Cup. Briscoe admitted there is no easy answer as to why their form has collapsed so dramatically.

“If we knew the answer to that we could put it right,” he said.

“I suppose it’s just down to getting some hard work done in training and doing everything we can to fix it up. It’s up to us, we know what went wrong last year and we have to put that right so it doesn’t happen again.

“We have to win next week and then see what happens. Huddersfield are on the back of some really good form so we have to sort ourselves out.”

Rhinos conceded 12 points at the start of both halves in the 29-22 defeat by Castleford two days ago and Briscoe added: “We showed some grit and determination to get back in there and to get back level, but then things went wrong again.

“We let in a few soft tries and we were back under the pump again. That’s what we need to be better at, once we get back into the game we need to kick on, lift our game and score more tries to get into the lead. We are giving it everything, but unfortunately the last couple of weeks it just hasn’t gone our way. You create you own luck and at the minute we need to try harder in that department. Thursday was a massive step forward from the Catalans game, but there was still a lot of stuff that went wrong and some soft tries scored. We need to look at what went wrong and fix it up for next week.”