SMITH PRAISE FOR MCGUIRE
Leeds coach Tony Smith praised the special talent of Danny McGuire after his man-of-the-match show helped the Rhinos end their two-year jinx against arch-rivals Bradford.
Leeds coach Tony Smith praised the special talent of stand-off Danny McGuire after his man-of-the-match show helped the Rhinos end their two-year jinx against arch-rivals Bradford. The 21-year-old England A international scored two solo tries in Leeds' 26-18 victory over the Tetley's Super League champions as the Rhinos ended a seven-match losing run at the hands of their near-neighbours at a full house at Headingley. "I thought it was a fantastic match, what the 21,000 came to watch, and it was in the balance at certain stages," said Smith. "It took some special plays to come up with a victory and a couple of them came from Danny. "Bradford are a good team and it took a good performance to beat them. It's good to score that many points against Bradford, they have the best defensive record in the league. But we're going to have more battles this year so there's no fist-punching on my account at this stage." Bradford boss Brian Noble, who is set to become the next Great Britain coach, also praised McGuire's contribution "He's very quick on his feet and is hard to handle," he admitted. "He's a great talent." The Bulls were never ahead but skipper Robbie Paul, making his first start for 10 months, carved out a 10th try of the season for winger Lesley Vainikolo in the first half and centre Shontayne Hape marked his comeback from a broken arm with a second-half try to keep his side in touch. "I'm delighted with the players' efforts," added Noble. "I'm disappointed with a few little things that we can fix. "We got caught at a scrum for numbers and there were a couple of one-on-one misses but we weren't far away from getting the job done. We didn't exert enough pressure at the right end of the field."