McDermott explains Peteru absence

27 December 2017 22:36:11 GMTPlus11

Leeds Rhinos head coach Brian McDermott has explained the reasoning behind his decision not to hand new signing Nathaniel Peteru a debut in the Boxing Day victory at Wakefield Trinity.

Both sides typically utilise the festive fixture to offer opportunities to players on the fringes of the first team and new arrivals to the club, but McDermott opted to make new signing Peteru wait a little longer before making his Rhinos bow.

"Nathaniel has had some rumblings with his knee, which has caused some sort of hamstring problem, so we're looking at that. I think if he'd been forced to play he would have done, but there was no need," said the Leeds boss, who was pleased with the performances of new signings Richie Myler and Brad Dwyer in the win.

"For a first run out he was good. Richie has been great in pre-season so far. He wasn't outstanding, but he made sure everybody else played well and that's what we want the halves to do, ensure everybody else has a good platform to play from.

"Brad is also going to be good for us in the months ahead," McDermott added.

"He had lots of energy in defence and he doesn't need any invitations to run. It was an encouraging performance from him and a number of others."

Leeds return to Super League action on Thursday 1st February, when they travel to face Warrington Wolves.

The Rhinos are 151.00 to win the Grand Final again next season, with Castleford Tigers 4.33 and Hull FC 41.00.

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