McDermott admits Leeds were lucky

Published: Sunday 8th February 2015 by The News Editor

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Leeds Rhinos coach Brian McDermott admitted his side were lucky to come away from Hull KR with a 40-30 win.

The Challenge Cup holders twice came back from a 14-point deficit to start their season with a win thanks to late tries from Zac Hardaker and Brad Singleton.

McDermott praised his side’s character as they dug in to get off to a winning start in front of a packed KC Lightstream Stadium.

“We can find ourselves fortunate to win,” McDermott said. “The bounce of ball and a couple of others things went our way. There are things we need to correct but I’m pleased to get the win.”

He added: “It was a mixed bag in terms of performance, with some spells good, other spells weren’t so good.

“Defensively we were leaky but KR deserve a lot of credit. Their halves played very well and their pack was resilient.

“It was an entertaining game in front of a sell-out crowd and it was a great advert for our game.”

Lesser teams would not have rallied from a 14-point deficit once, let alone twice.

But McDermott said he was proud of his side effort even if there are issues about leaking 30 points.

“I’m proud of the way we came from 14 down twice,” McDermott said.

“That’s not easily done. KR did very well getting away from us. But momentum swung our way at crucial times.

“We came here and played a lot more controlled last year. We will be better for the run out. We conceded 30 points and we know we can’t do that too often.”

Rovers coach Chris Chester said there were plenty of positives to take from the defeat as they prepare to go to Wakefield next weekend.

Not many teams put 30 points on Leeds, but conceding 40 didn’t impress Chester.

“There’s lots of positives to take from this game,” Chester said.

“We were the better side for 65 minutes. I’m disappointed with the result but happy with performance.

“It’s frustrating losing 14 point leads because we’re better than that defensively.

“It’s not nice conceding 40 points, but we’ll get better.

“There were a few individuals who missed a few tackles but overall I’m proud of the effort.”

Published: Sunday 8th February 2015 by The News Editor

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