McDermott: We know what’s wrong


Leeds Rhinos head coach Brian McDermott says his side know what the problems are behind their poor form in 2016, but that correcting them is ‘a different matter.’

Last year’s treble winners suffered a shock home 16-20 defeat to Wakefield Wildcats on Easter Monday, just four days after losing away to Castleford Tigers.

Craig Hall scored the match-winning try for the Wildcats on Monday, sprinting 80 metres down field to inflict a sixth defeat in eight games on the Rhinos, a result that moved Wakefield above Leeds on the league ladder.

After the defeat, McDermott told the Yorkshire Evening Post: “There’s some obvious things that are not there for us. We know what’s wrong, but going out there and executing that is a different matter. That’s what makes sport really interesting. It’s not sliderules and science.

“If we could press a few buttons and all of a sudden people start playing well and people get confidence, we’d all be coaches.”

Leeds, who lost only six games throughout the whole of the regular season in 2015, take on 11th placed Hull KR at Headingley on Thursday, and McDermott says his side can turn their poor form around: “We’ve got some hard work to do and some things we need to fix up. I’m confident the group will do that,” he said.

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