MCCLENNAN PLEASED WITH WIN
Rhinos Head Coach Brian McClennan said he was pleased with his sides 26-24 win over the South Sydney Rabbitohs & admitted he had one eye on next week’s clash with Hull KR.
Rhinos Head Coach Brian McClennan said he was pleased with his sides 26-24 win over the South Sydney Rabbitohs but admitted he had one eye on next week’s engage Super League season opener against Hull KR. The Rhinos led 26-0 at half time before a raft of changes by McClennan in order to rest his first choice players for next Saturday nights game at Headingley Carnegie. His side had to defend for the vast majority of the second half but when they had their first choice players on in the first half, the game was a different story. Leeds scored five unanswered tries before the interval. Matt Diskin opened the scoring before Brent Webb capitalized on a South Sydney error and raced 80 metres to score. Rob Burrow scored the Rhinos third try before Keith Senior powered his way over with less than ten minutes remaining in the half. Scott Donald completed the first half rout with a try in the final second of the half, with Kevin Sinfield adding three goals. The second half was a different story those as the Australian side, part owned by Russell Crowe, came firing back. However, the result was never really in doubt with Souths getting close with the final try of the game coming with the last play of the game. Speaking after the game McClennan said, "My initial reaction is one of relief that we got the win but more importantly that we didn’t pick up any injuries in the process. The guys will have ice baths now after the game and we will get them re-hydrated ahead of flying home tomorrow. "We’ve had a positive half in the first half and we proved that we are a hard team to defend against. In the second half we were mindful of next week and Hull KR. "We are proud to be part of a great day for the game of Rugby League. To have 12,000 Americans turn out to watch a game, especially with the poor weather, is a massive boost for our game. "Our training camp in Jacksonville has been fantastic. We have probably got three weeks work into one week and given the wet weather back in Leeds, the timing for the training camp has been perfect for us," added McClennan. Don’t forget the Rhinos start their engage Super League title defence next Saturday at Headingley Carnegie against Hull KR. The game is all ticket so make sure you book your ticket now by clicking here to use our secure online booking service.