Richard Agar rues Leeds Rhinos’ inability to convert pressure into points

LEEDS RHINOS did “a lot of things right” in tonight’s 18-12 defeat to Hull, coach Richard Agar reckoned, but he admitted their inability to convert pressure into points let them down.

Playing in front of a crowd for the first time since March, 2020, Leeds led 6-0 and 8-6, but were 18-8 behind at half-time.

Agar said: “I felt we did a lot of things right, we got our defence organised really well, but we had a couple of one-on-one misses that really hurt us on the scoreboard.

“The game got really error-strewn and messy in the second half, for a number of reasons, but I think we will look back on a couple of missed opportunities.

Leeds Rhinos' players show their frustration after their defeat to Hull. Picture: Richard Sellers/PA Wire.

“I thought we played all right through the field until we got to the last 20.

“It was a game of a couple of chances, a couple we let in and a couple we didn’t take offensively.”

Agar refused to point the finger at referee Marcus Griffiths, despite several decisions which upset the 4,000 crowd.

“There seemed to be a lot of question marks from a lot of people, but it’s always best to have a look at the tape and reserve judgement until you can study them,” Agar said.

Leeds Rhinos head coach Richard Agar. Picture: Bruce Rollinson.

“I am definitely not looking at that as to why we didn’t get two points.

“We need to look at ourselves and how, in a pretty good defensive performance, we’ve managed to concede 18 points.

“That’s the issue for us and with that much territory and possession we needed to find a bit more in good ball.”

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