Next up for the Leeds Rhinos is our local rivals Bradford Bulls on what has become a traditional Easter Thursday fixture. With the Bulls lying a point and 3 places behind us, it has quickly become a ‘must win’ game for us. Now, I don’t like playing Bradford at the best of times, however, now it’s even more important it’s even worse. The nerves will be definitely kicking in come 5 o’clock on Thursday.
Just when I thought things couldn’t get any worse in the club, I read this post today which worries me slightly. I know it’s natural for a coach to back up his players when they are up for a disciplinary but this seems a little strange. Now, having not seen the entire incident, I did see on a replay, Ryan Bailey hit a Huddersfield player outside of the tackle area, it was seemed an unprovoked attack, so he should be punished. For McDermott to back him so completely is worrying to me, I would much rather he stick to coaching the team than coming out to the press, but to also moan at the opponents tactics, seems silly. We have seen so many coaches in trouble for doing a similar thing.
I’m hoping that this is only a blip & we’ll come back fighting on Thursday, but with Bailey banned for a match for the incident, still a number of injuries & moral at, what seems to be, an all time low, who knows what might happen. Maybe we should take Kevin Sinfield’s advice and get right behind the team as usual.
Going back to years gone by…’BELIEVE LEEDS’