Tony Smith was upbeat despite seeing his side slip to their first away defeat of the season against Saints saying that his side will come back stronger for it.
Tony Smith was upbeat despite seeing his side slip to their first away defeat of the season against Saints saying that his side will come back stronger for it. The Rhinos trailed 38-12 after 50 minutes but dominated the final quarter and second row forward Jamie Jones-Buchanan scored two tries in five minutes to complete a notable hat-trick. "We played some good stuff at the back end but it was a little late," added Smith. "We didn't have as much fuel in the tank as we would have liked. "The first half took a lot out of us but we've had worse days here. We'll pick ourselves up." "I thought the Leeds fans were tremendous tonight, we've had some great times recently but they really stuck by the players on a tough night for all of us and together we'll get ourselves back up there for next week." When asked whether he thought the arrival of new coach Daniel Anderson was a major factor in St Helens improved performance Smith, who worked alongside Anderson at Australian club Parramatta, said he had anticipated the St Helens players raising their game for the match. "It was a great start for Daniel," he said. "We spoke about it earlier in the week. "We said they would be full of enthusiasm and would be out to show their new coach they could play. They certainly did that. "Their performance was outstanding, especially compared to their two previous performances."
Tickets for the Rhinos Magic Weekend fixture against Wigan Warriors will be available from the Leeds Rugby ticket office until 3pm on Friday 24th May. Fans will be able to buy from the Etihad Ticket Office on the day of the game.
The schedule for the Police Rugby League World Cup was announced at the Provident Stadium, Bradford earlier today and sees current World Champions Fiji, Australia and host nation Great Britain go head to head in a round-robin format.
Seven of Rugby League's most celebrated heroes will be in attendance with specific roles at Magic Weekend, the seventh staging of Super League's two-day extravaganza, when the event returns to the Etihad Stadium, Manchester, this weekend.