“We played some great stuff” - delighted Rhinos coach Richard Agar hails derby win

LAST NIGHT’S record 60-6 win at Castleford Tigers will do Leeds Rhinos a “world of good”, coach Richard Agar reckons.

Friday, 28th May 2021, 10:52 pm
Updated Friday, 28th May 2021, 11:12 pm
Derby glee: Leeds Rhinos fans celebrate as their side put derby rivals Castleford Tigers to the sword. Picture Bruce Rollinson

Rhinos ran in 11 tries in only their third victory of the season – having gone 6-0 behind inside two minutes.

It was Leeds’ highest score at the Jungle and their biggest away total in Betfred Super League since 2009.

A delighted Agar said: “We played some great stuff.

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Victory parade: Leeds Rhinos' Brad Dwyer salutes the fans after the record-breaking win at Tigers. Picture Bruce Rollinson

“It clearly wasn’t the start we wanted, but I thought we were pretty good defensively after that.

“I was happy we didn’t let the early try rattle us, we came back pretty quickly and pretty ruthlessly and the way we played in the first half was a tremendous exhibition of attacking rugby.”

Agar admitted Tigers were badly hit by injuries, but added: “I think that will be good for us, to get that feeling again of what our style and brand of rugby looks and feels like. We’ve shown in little bits this year, but not flowed it through set after set like we did tonight.”

Rhinos have no game next week and face St Helens at Emerald Headingley in 13 days’ time.

Last night’s derby was won by half-time, when Rhinos led 32-6, but Agar said: “I would applaud the players for the way we kept going after them.

“We scored tries in a number of ways and that was a pleasing thing. We have the ability to score in different ways.”

Tigers coach Daryl Powell described it as a “terrible loss” and refused to use injuries as an excuse.

He said: “Some of the defensive efforts were unbelievably unacceptable. We were really poor.”

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