McDermott criticises soft Rhinos

10 April 2011 09:27:56 EST

Leeds Rhinos head coach Brian McDermott described his side as 'soft' after they were beaten 38-28 at Hull Kingston Rovers.

Hull KR proved too strong for Leeds Rhinos on Saturday evening.

The Rhinos have now lost four of their nine games in the Super League this season and are now 6/5 to win the Grand Final, with McDermott accepting his fair share of the blame for an insipid display.

He commented: "We got a couple of highly-skilled tries but I wouldn't say we started so well.

"The word 'soft' is the one I've got in my head. You show that to any opposition and they go straight for your throat and Hull KR did that.

"There were a few individuals who stood up, but as a group we were soft and I include the coaching staff involved in this."

In contrast, Rovers coach Justin Morgan was delighted with his players' commitment in only their third victory of the campaign.

"I'm very proud of the players and I put the credit at their doorstep," Morgan said. "They're the ones who turn up and train every week. I'm happy for them that they got a result over a very good team.

"We scored some lovely tries and our defensive technique improved. The order will be more of the same next week, we have to back it up against Wigan."

Rovers play host to the Warriors on Friday 15th April and are 11/5 to win the game at Craven Park, with Wigan 4/11 for a victory.

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