RHINOS COME BACK DOWN TO EARTH
Man of the moment Danny McGuire today pledged Leeds Rhinos will build on their confidence-boosting victory over Bradford Bulls.
Man of the moment Danny McGuire today pledged Leeds Rhinos will build on their confidence-boosting victory over Bradford Bulls. The Tetley's Super League leaders return to action on Monday with a trip to newly-promoted Salford City Reds and McGuire, pictured, said it is crucial they carry on from where they left off in the triumph over Bradford. McGuire – who celebrated being named Super League player of the month by scoring two tries against Bulls – told the Yorkshire Evening Post: "We aren't going to get too carried away. "We enjoyed the moment, to beat Bradford Bulls is massively pleasing for everybody involved. "We trained really hard all week, we were focused on doing a job and we did it. But we aren't going to get above ourselves. "We will keep our feet on the ground and prepare really well for Salford. "This Easter period is tough for everyone, we've got a four-day turn-around and it is going to be hard. "There's going to be some people carrying some bruises, but this is where squad rotation comes in. "We have got some people on the edge of the squad who are easily capable of coming in and doing as good a job as we did on Thursday night, so I don't think there's much to worry about there. "But obviously Salford is going to be a difficult game. They are playing well at the moment, they ran Bradford close last week and we are in for a tough game." A defeat by Salford on Monday would wipe out the good work Rhinos achieved against Bulls, but McGuire said: "A few seasons ago you could maybe say that was a characteristic of Leeds, but this team is focused on taking each game as it comes. "That is what we are going to do, we will prepare as well as possible for Salford. The Bradford game is gone and our minds and focus are on Salford." McGuire denied Rhinos have proved a point by defeating Bradford – who beat them in all five encounters last season. "I don't think we are out to prove points to people," he said. "It's the 17 players and the coaching staff that matter, we want to go out and show we are capable of beating the top teams and getting some silverware this year. "We have got a pretty tight-knit group. The coaches are doing as much as they can for us, they are giving us as much info as possible and we are all working towards being consistent and being up there at the end of the season." The two tries against Bradford took McGuire's tally for the season so far to nine – scored in five consecutive games – and came two days after he was voted player of the month. He said: "Personally it's going all right. I am getting a bit of publicity and media coverage, but I just try to do the job I am paid for. "I am trying to play as well as I can for Leeds. We have got a good bunch of lads here and without them some of the stuff would not happen for me. "I can't give them enough credit, the other lads deserve just as much publicity as I'm getting. "Tony Smith and the coaching staff as well. They are great and they're helping me along. "They are improving my game each week and we are just looking forward to a good season."