MCDERMOTT GLAD OF SECOND CHANCE

Leeds veteran Barrie McDermott says the Rhinos are determined to make the most of their second chance to reach the Tetley’s Super League Grand Final.

Leeds veteran Barrie McDermott says the Rhinos are determined to make the most of their second chance to reach the Tetley’s Super League Grand Final. Bradford’s resounding 26-12 victory in Saturday’s qualifying semi-final shattered Leeds’ 100% home record and condemned their arch rivals to another final eliminator against Wigan on Friday night. McDermott, who previously played at Wigan more than a decade ago, says the Rhinos will go into the all-ticket tie at Headingley in a positive frame of mind. "It’s gone now and we’ve got to move forward," he said. "I think we could have beaten Bradford but reluctantly we have to admit the better side won on the night. "The beauty of this competition is that we get another chance. We are going to have to do it the hard way but so be it. "We’re disappointed we didn’t play to the game plan one little bit but we’ll look forward and not back." If Leeds are to reach their first Grand Final since 1998, they will need to avenge their agonising 23-22 defeat by the Warriors a year ago when Great Britain winger Brian Carney scored two long-range tries and Danny Tickle landed a last-gasp drop goal. Carney is doubtful for the match after suffering a recurrence of his hamstring injury in Wigan’s 18-14 win over Wakefield on Friday but McDermott says the biggest threat will come from the Warriors’ inspirational captain Andy Farrell. "Brian is a good player but he doesn’t make that side tick," said McDermott. "I think we all know who makes that side tick, but we will look to neutralise those attacking options. "Last year’s result means nothing. We’ve got a totally different side now, with different structures and different theories. It’s well within our capabilities to win this game and I think we will. "We will be playing a very good Wigan side in great form. They don’t know how to lose, they just keep pulling the victories out of the bag. They’ve got some tremendous individuals but we’re just looking forward to the challenge."