Plenty to ponder for McDermott

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Published: Thursday 26th February 2015 by The News Editor

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Leeds coach Brian McDermott was happy with the win but not the performance as the Rhinos overcame their bogey team to maintain their 100 per cent start to the Super League season.

Hooker Paul Aiton’s first try for the club just seven minutes from the end enabled the Rhinos to snatch a 28-24 victory over Huddersfield, who were on course for a fifth straight win at Headingley after coming from 18-0 down to lead 24-22.

“I’m happy we’ve won but I didn’t think it was a great performance,” McDermott said. “There is not much from that game I want to take over into next week.

“I thought we should have had more of a hold on the game but you can’t dismiss Huddersfield’s resilience.

“Credit to them for coming from 18-0 down. Obviously they’ve got a bit more about them than their league position shows.

“I don’t want to be disrespectful to them but I thought in the second half Huddersfield were allowed to do certain things in the ruck which made the game frustrating to watch. It was a poor standard with late flops and laying on in the tackle.”

Leeds looked to be strolling to a third straight win when tries from Carl Ablett, Adam Cuthbertson and Ryan Hall, all converted by Kevin Sinfield, gave them an 18-0 lead after 25 minutes.

The visitors fought back to within six points at the break thanks to tries from Jamie Ellis and Joe Wardle but the game looked to have swung back in Leeds’ favour when second rower Stevie Ward produced a touch of class to create a try for winger Tom Briscoe within a minute of the res-start.

“Ward has been good since the season started,” McDermott said. “To make line break was good and he showed a nice piece of skill to finish it off.”

The Giants looked to have turned the tables when substitute Kyle Wood and Brett Ferres went over for tries in a six-minute spell and Danny Brough kicked his fourth goal to give them the lead for the first time.

They could not hang on for the win but coach Paul Anderson believes it was another step in the right direction and is confident his side’s first win will not be far away.

“I thought the effort and resilience was very good,” he said. “With the hole we put ourselves in at 18-0, there was a decision to be made and we decided to dig in and show some character and, more importantly, to show some patience.

“We finally got the tide to turn and showed we’re a good football team. Scoring 24 points should win us the game but we took some big strides today.

“It’s not a win and I’m judged on winning but we can learn from it and I’m pretty confident we’re starting to rock and roll a bit. We’re going in the right direction.”

Published: Thursday 26th February 2015 by The News Editor

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