Rhinos lose top spot to Saints

Chris Clarkson is wrapped up by the Warrington defence.
Chris Clarkson is wrapped up by the Warrington defence.
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DISAPPOINTED BOSS Brian McDermott admitted Leeds Rhinos were “well-beaten” at Warrington Wolves last night.

Rhinos were knocked off the top of First Utility Super League after they crashed 24-6 and St Helens beat Salford Red Devils.

“We got well beaten,” McDermott conceded. “We were well-beaten in the early exchanges and the game was gone by half-time.

“I know 18 points isn’t a lot, but the momentum Warrington had, it would have taken a huge effort for us to have turned that around. They weren’t game-plan tries or little jinky tries, they were tries through a kicking game and through strength of carry. They beat our D – they burst through our defence and they are hard things to turn around.”

McDermott added: “Within the team I thought we had some really big performers, Zak Hardaker and Carl Ablett, who was outstanding. Carl is one of those blokes you are glad you have in your team and he made a sensational try-saver on Joel Monaghan.

“We had some people who put their guts into that, but we had too many who weren’t there, right from the off.”

McDermott must now get Rhinos’ chins off the floor for next Friday’s Tetley’s Challenge Cup quarter-final tie at home to Leigh Centurions. “That was going to be a test, they are a good team,” McDermott said.

Forward Mitch Achurch is facing “some weeks” on the sideline after suffering a knee injury in the first half last night.

Match report: 
Pages 36-37.