McDermott plays down Rhinos woes

21 June 2018 21:02:15 GMTPlus11

Leeds Rhinos head coach Brian McDermott expects his side to turn around their dismal run of results and avoid being sucked into a Super League survival battle.

A 28-25 reverse at home to the Catalans Dragons made it six Super League defeats in a row for the defending Grand Final champions, with the loss leaving the Rhinos just a points clear of the bottom four.

When bodies come back and we have more of a regular team, we'll be good.

Brian McDermott

Finishing in the bottom four would see Leeds forced to fight for their top-flight future for a second time in three seasons, but McDermott remains calm and hopes that an easing of an injury crisis at Headingley will help his team get back on track.

He told Sky Sports: "It's a worry, of course, but again, as I've been saying most weeks, I think we're in good shape. When bodies come back and we have more of a regular team, we'll be good.

"The anxiety that we had a couple of years ago because of the fear of being in the bottom four is not there for us at the moment, but everybody is concerned.

"Everybody's worried where we're going to be at the end of the season, but my message to everyone is: we're in good shape.

"One or two things might go our way and one or two bodies come back from injury and we'll be good."

Meanwhile, the Rhinos are 8.00 to win the Challenge Cup this season, with Warrington Wolves 1.44 and Catalans available at 2.75.

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