Hull KR coach Tim Sheens said his side didn’t complete enough sets in the second half to see the game out against Leeds.
The Rovers led 18-12 at the break, but a Ryan Hall try in the second half sealed a narrow 20-18 win for the Rhinos at KCOM Craven Park on Sunday.
Sheens was proud of his sides hard-working display, but admitted they gave away too much ball against the current champions.
He said: “I can’t fault the effort from the boys, the courage was 200% but we shot ourselves in the foot that many times, I don’t think we had any toes left by the end.
“There were too many mistakes in the second half, not enough completed sets and too many turnovers. We only completed at around 50 per cent in the second half as boring as that is over here to hear Australian coaches talk about that, you can’t win games when you don’t complete at a high level.
“We pushed Leeds close earlier in the season and tonight we’re even more frustrated not to pick up the win. With where we are on the table, and with Catalans winning (against Hull FC), we needed to see that through so it’s disappointing that we didn’t do that.
“It was still a great effort though with the players we had missing and several people playing out of position, like Woody (James Greenwood) in the centres. We responded to all of that really well and gave ourselves a chance, we just didn’t take it.”
Next up for the Rovers is a trip to the Mobile Rocket Stadium to face Wakefield Trinity on Sunday, 3pm kick-off.