McDermott left reasonably happy about Leeds win but not getting carried away yet

Carl Ablett

Their 42-22 win over Bradford saw them move up to 3rd place in the ladder but despite their decent win, Leeds Rhinos coach Brian McDermott is not getting carried away by their recent run of form.

Currently on an 8-game winning streak and trailing Wigan by four points with two games in hand, the reigning champs are making a solid run towards the top of the ladder.

“It doesn’t take much to be miles ahead of where we were last year,” McDermott said.

“We’re reasonably happy with where we are but things can quickly turn and we’re not going to get carried away.

“We’re 12 games in, so there is half a season to go before we start to think how it looks in terms of the play-offs.

“We looked impressive for periods, in that first half especially, but we knew this game was going to be a fight at some stage and there were spells when they made a contest of it.

“In the second half, you’ve got to give a lot of credit to Bradford who threw a lot at us, but I thought we were very good.

“Things are working for us at the moment, they’re making that extra effort.”

It was not so rosy for the Bradford Bulls, however, who suffered their third loss on the trot, with coach Francis Cummins pleased with his side’s character.

“They were too good for us at the start,” he said.

“You can’t allow Leeds to get four tries in front.

“We had a few players out but we showed a lack of composure. There was a real good reaction after half-time, though, and I’m happy with the character. They work hard for each other, they are trying really hard.

“We’ve hit the wall results wise but we will be better. We need to dust ourselves off for London in the cup.”

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