'Baby steps' as Leeds Rhinos make progress but stay winless in Netball Super League

Liana Leota has described Leeds Rhinos’ progress as ‘baby steps’ as their winless start to the Super League season continued on Saturday.

Rhinos put up much more resistance at Saracens Mavericks last Saturday than they did a week earlier in the season opener against Severn Stars, but ultimately fell short in the fourth quarter in a 53-44 defeat.

Leota, whose side host Cardiff Dragons at Sheffield’s Canon Medical Arena on Saturday, said: “I was really pleased with how we turned up and stayed in the fight for longer. There were so many critical moments throughout the whole game, particularly in the third and fourth quarter that we just didn’t capitalise on, but it was better than the week before.

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“For me I was just glad that they responded and responded well. We put ourselves in a position to fight. I thought we started to see more consistency in how we play, in attack especially. So it was baby steps. The wheels fell off with eight minutes left, but I have to be satisfied with seeing them turn up, but it was just not for the full 60 minutes.”