Brian McDermott remains positive despite Toronto’s heavy defeat at Leeds


Toronto coach Brian McDermott is remaining calm despite their hammering at Leeds on Thursday.

The Wolfpack were battered 66-12 by the Rhinos at Headingley on Thursday night. Toronto currently sit bottom of the Super League table, having lost their first six games in Super League.

McDermott said: “I’m more looking at what we’re going to do over the next three or four months.

“If we are going to do anything this year, that has to happen to us, that level of performance has to happen.

“We’ve got to find out just how bad we can be and that was bad tonight but it wasn’t without its moments.

“They still kept fighting. I thought the Rhinos were white-hot with the ball and every time we tried to make it a contest, they were just too good.

“We’re clearly having a rough run at the moment. We’re not getting the bounce of the ball and we’re clearly not good enough in defence.”

McDermott hopes Toronto’s tough run in their maiden Super League campaign will benefit them in the long-term.

He added: “If you hold your nerve and maintain a bit of calm, some positives can come out of a really poor performance like that.

“You find out how ugly you are and how bad it can be and therefore it helps you to plan going forward.

“It doesn’t mean everything is OK, it doesn’t mean that we accept it or that I’m happy about it but I’m not in charge of a group of blokes who don’t care or who are starting to doubt.”

McDermott expects to have centre Chase Stanley available for their Challenge Cup tie against Huddersfield on Wednesday.


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