Leeds Rhinos coach Richard Agar takes the blame for sorry home defeat by Hull

BOSS RICHARD Agar took “full responsibility” for Leeds Rhinos shocking 31-8 home loss to Hull last night.

Leeds Rhinos players looking dejected during the Betfred Super League match at Headingley Stadium, Leeds. Picture date: Thursday March 10, 2022. PA Photo. See PA story RUGBYL Leeds. Photo credit should read: Richard Sellers/PA Wire.

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It was Rhinos’ fourth defeat in five games this season and Agar admitted he needs to get more out of his players, though he insisted: “I think we can.”

Rhinos were 31-0 behind before tries by Tom Briscoe and Liam Sutcliffe in the final five minutes denied Hull a clean sheet. The late scores could not disguise the fact it was a dismal night for Rhinos and Agar, below, admitted his side’s first half performance, when they went 18-0 down, was embarrassing.

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He said: “It’s not good enough for a club with the talent we’ve got and I will take full responsibility for it.”

Wakefield Trinity v Leeds Rhinos. Leeds Rhinos head coach Richard Agar. 3rd March 2022. Picture : Jonathan Gawthorpe

The boss accused his players of lacking intent.

“I thought the first try typified where we were defensively,” he said. “That’s not a technical thing, it is attitude.

“We got smashed in possession and I don’t think we had any answer to it.

“It was a majorly tough one. I thought we had a good week, but the signs were there from the first couple of sets.”

Of what went wrong, Agar admitted: “I am struggling to get my head round why we had such a lack of desire defensively to get the job done.”

Hull coach Brett Hodgson described his side’s performance as “outstanding”.

“From one-17 I can’t be unhappy with anyone,” he said.