JJB impressed by Leeds desire

Jamie Jones-Buchanan was back in action for Leeds last week as they overcame Salford 22-18 at the AJ Bell Stadium.

While the England back row man was delighted to make his own return to the pitch, it was the attitude his team-mates showed to dig out a victory over a fast-improving and physical team.

“It was tough, there was a few bangs, a few knocks,” he said.

“It was physically very tough. They’re a quick side, and they’ve got some really smart, quick players. It wasn’t brilliant, we weren’t as good as we need to be yet, but we’re getting there.

“We’ve got some young lads doing some great things, and I’m just excited to be out playing.

“If you’ve got desire as your base, you can build on top of that every week.

“Again we’ll go away, and look at stuff on the video. There’s a lot of frustrated boys out there, there’s these little one and two percenters that we’re not quite getting right.

“They’re easily fixed up, and I think once we get them right, instead of winning by four or six points, we’ll start winning by 16 points.”

Meanwhile, Leeds centre Kallum Watkins was also delighted that his team managed to hang on for a well-earned win over tough opponents.

“We did well to get the result in the end,” said Watkins.

“We knew in ourselves that we had to do well, and at times we were very good. We let them back in the game at times, but we hung on in there.

“It was a really important win for us. It gives us big confidence going into the next couple of weeks.”

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