McDermott praises players for big win

Leeds boss Brian McDermott gave credit to his players after they earned a 30-20 win over fellow Engage Super League side Crusaders, despite losing three players through injury during the game.

The Rhinos had welcomed back Danny McGuire and Jamie Peacock in recent weeks, but injuries to McGuire, Webb and Clarkson during the game meant that the Rhinos boss had to call on resources and move players out of position. He paid particular praise to Danny Buderus, who following injuries was left to play a roving role with replacement McShane coming in at hooker.

Speaking after the game McDermott said, "I thought defensively Danny was outstanding for us. He was all over the field for us and came up one or two try-savers that would have changed the face of the game. I asked him where he was playing towards the back end and he said he thinks he's made a position up. He called it rover. I just kept seeing his body fall in front of their surges near our tryline.

"I also thought Jay Pitts was outstanding. He came up with one of those try-savers that you think is impossible to do. He hasn't played for a while but I think I'm right in saying he did 80 minutes and we needed some blokes to do 80 minutes. For the majority of the second half we had one rotation.

"Crusaders have got some players that scare the death out of you. Add to fact it's the Challenge Cup and we had three blokes missing for most of the game and it amounts to a big win."