McDermott slates Rhinos display
Leeds Rhinos head coach Brian McDermott was far from happy with the win over Hull FC, despite his side clinching a play-off place in the Super League Super 8s.
The Rhinos defeated the Challenge Cup winners 38-26 at Headingley to ensure a place in the play-off semi-finals, but McDermott was not at all satisfied with what he felt was a disjointed and defensively sloppy display.
We had some dopey moments and were achingly slow defensively.Brian McDermott
His words carried added weight as the next task facing Leeds is a trip to Castleford Tigers, who have already claimed the League Leaders' Shield with some outstanding attacking performances.
"I'm not pleased at all, I thought it was awful," McDermott told the club's official website.
"We were distracted, too easily put off our game. Hull were very disruptive and I don't blame them four days after Wembley but I thought we were terrible, we were pretty soft defensively.
"We had some dopey moments and were achingly slow defensively, but we won and we can give ourselves a shake and a dress-down, get ready for a far better performance next week.
"It's good that we've won that game. It doesn't guarantee us second spot, but it gets us extremely close."
Despite the scrappy nature of the victory, the Rhinos have now won both of their game since a stunning 38-6 thrashing by Wakefield Trinity in early August to wrap up a semi-final place.
Leeds have won five of the last ten Super League Grand Finals, with their last victory coming in 2015 when they edged out Wigan Warriors 22-20 at Old Trafford.
The Rhinos are 2.50 to claim the Grand Final title again this season, with Wigan priced at 501.00 and Castleford available at 1.53.
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