RHINOS BOSS TONY HAILS HIS TRY STARS
Leeds Rhinos coach Tony Smith today paid tribute to his leading try scorers.
Leeds Rhinos coach Tony Smith today paid tribute to his leading try scorers. Stand-off Danny McGuire, winger Marcus Bai and centre Chev Walker have scored 27 tries between them in Rhinos’ storming start to the Tetley’s Super League campaign. Rhinos’ seven games so far have seen McGuire cross 10 times, Bai nine and Walker eight. Smith said: "Danny plays in the middle, Chev plays on the right side and Marcus plays on the left, so we are scoring tries all over the field. "That is very encouraging. They are not all coming in one area or from one person. Most teams have one proven try-scorer, but we have got three of them at the moment." Smith added: "Kevin Sinfield is high up in the goals and points tables as well, so that is another good sign. "When you have got people prominent on the tries and goals and points lists, it’s a sign that you are going okay." Rhinos have the best attack in Super League and the joint best defence. They have scored 282 points – an average of 40 per game – and conceded only 70, with clean sheets away to Widnes and Salford. Smith said: "We are number one in attack and defence at the moment and that is something we are taking a lot of pride in. "We are concentrating on our performances and that is showing on the field. We are scoring a lot of points and not letting many in and obviously if you do that results will take care of themselves." Rhinos have a positive points difference of 212, easily the best in Super League, but Smith said: "I don’t think that will come into it for us, I don’t think it is going to be a factor. "But it is good for us to set some goals and it will help us to get where we want to be. If we take some pride in that and if we keep the for and against going we will be happy." Rhinos put their 100 per cent winning record on the line against Wakefield Trinity Wildcats at Belle Vue on Friday and Smith said they will go into the derby clash in good shape. "Wakefield are going well and they played very well against Castleford on Saturday," said Smith. "But I thought we were very good against Huddersfield in our last game. After watching it on tape I thought it was a better performance than I did at the time. "I thought we were a bit flat at the start of the game but I was really, really impressed with the players’ commitment to each other. "Huddersfield scored one try and Francis Cummins should have made the tackle. He has held his hand up about that. "Had we pulled off that tackle, which we should have done, we would have stopped another team from scoring a try against us. That is outstanding and I was really impressed."