Despite recording a solid 18-point victory over the Castleford Tigers, Leeds Rhinos coach Brian McDermott was left rather disappointed after the performance, refusing to get carried away at how his side played.
On the back of a great hat-trick by Jimmy Keinhorst, the coach admitted that it was far from his side’s best performance and that they can improve.
“I don’t think it was a great performance. Tonight certainly doesn’t fix everything up,” said McDermott.
Another positive out of the game was the return of key forward Jamie Peacock, who played a staggering 68 minutes in his return game.
“He’s come back at least two weeks earlier than we expected and he would have played the full 80 minutes had we left him on. He was immense,” said McDermott.
Despite having chances to potentially electronic cigarettes close the game out, Tigers coach Daryl Powell knows the experience got Leeds the win in the end and knows his side has to cut down on their error-rate.
“We were in the game for large periods,” said Powell.
“I just thought we gave a little bit too much away and, when the game goes quick, Leeds have the players to punish you.
“The scoreline was a bit harsh but that’s Super League. If you clock off, you end up conceding points.
“I thought we created so many chances in the first half but I felt they always had us just at arm’s length.
“We got them a bit twitchy when we got to within four points but we couldn’t go on. We’ve got to learn some lessons and cut down on our errors.”