McDermott hails Rhinos’ resilience

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Published: Saturday 28th March 2015 by The News Editor

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Brian McDermott was a relieved man after watching his Leeds side score 28 points on the bounce to beat Catalans Dragons in France.

The Rhinos slugged it out with their French hosts and were coming off worse at 22-10 down, but fired up midway through the second half and got the job done 38-22 to hit the front in the First Utility Super League.

“It was a see-saw game, we took the lead, then Catalans took the lead, then we re-took it again before they could have won it at the end,” McDermott said before heading back to England.

“I didn’t feel confident that we would get back into the game when we did. Sometimes when Catalans are in that frame of mind and they play the way they do they are hard to stop and you get some of their halves and the young fullback on the end of some of their moves.

“They are an incredibly good team. We’ve been here a couple of times and we’ve been on the end of some really tough performances that you can’t do much about, so huge credit to our players, they managed to find the right answers and dug themselves out of a hole.”

McDermott felt that Leeds’ defence, which stepped up when it was needed, was crucial to their success.

“I thought it was a great game. Catalans played really well, they will have their moments where they thought they were a bit patchy, as will we,” he added.

“I’m really pleased to get that win against a team that could have been very good today had we not been as resilient as we were. We had to defend extremely well to keep them out.”

For Catalans it marked a disappointing return to France after a horror road trip. Laurent Frayssinous’ men have not played on home soil since drawing with Salford and have since been beaten at both Hull clubs.

“I am disappointed, our attitude was there tonight, we played some good footy and at some stages we defended well,” their coach said.

“We haven’t been smart, especially in the second half when we were leading 22-10, we shot ourselves in the foot. I’m not questioning the attitude of my guys tonight, just if we want to win games, we have to be smarter.”

Catalans currently sit outside of the top eight which will breakaway in the summer split, but Frayssinous is not concerning himself with that.

“I am not worried about not making the top eight, I’m just worried about and want us to improve, we need to start winning, I think that we had enough to win the game against a top team, but again, we need to be smarter,” he added.

“We started panicking even though we only trailed by four points. We tried to offload every tackle, a short kick-off, a kick-out on the full, they all contributed to us not winning today.”

Published: Saturday 28th March 2015 by The News Editor

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