SMITH PROUD OF HIS PLAYERS

Tony Smith said he was proud his players efforts as he saw them earn a hard fought 18-4 win over Hull at a rain soaked Headingley Carnegie.

Tony Smith said he was proud his players efforts as he saw them earn a hard fought 18-4 win over Hull at a rain soaked Headingley Carnegie. The Rhinos led at half time 6-0 through try from Lee Smith and they doubled their lead at the start of the second half when Kevin Sinfield scored his first try for a year. However, Hull hit back when a harmless kick stopped dead in a puddle and Matt Sing touched down the floating ball. The Rhinos though bounced back and Ryan Bailey sealed the win with a try ten minutes from time. Speaking after the game Smith said, "There was some good handling considering the conditions from both sides. We showed some outstanding defence and to only concede a try that on another day would have run dead easily was pleasing. "We have turned things around a bit from last week when we were soft in a few areas. We spent some time this week rectifying those areas. I was proud of the players and they should be proud of themselves for their efforts. "I was pleased for Ryan Bailey to get a try, he has been playing solidly recently and getting back to his best. Gareth Ellis was impressive again as he is every week but I thought Matt Diskin was the best player on the field. He was all over the pitch with the ball and every time the ball went down on defence inevitably he was the one there mopping it up because he was working so hard. Keith Senior was outstanding also, he looked like a second row out there at times," added Smith. Hull coach Peter Sharp admitted that the Rhinos had been the better side on the night, "We are lacking a bit of spark or punch or footie at the moment. Perhaps we are a bit underdone at the moment but hopefully we can work our way into the season. "Leeds outmuscled us a bit offensively and defensively across the park. I don’t want to take anything away from Leeds, they were way too good for us tonight. "Maybe we have been believing a bit too much of the publicity, last year’s achievements have nothing to do with this season but it is in our hands to put things right," added Sharp.