McDermott: Cowboys result hurts

Leeds coach Brian McDermottsays the one-side nature of the 38-4 scoreline against North Queensland in the World Club Challenge hurts.

An under-strength Rhinos side battle bravely in the first half but were dominated in the second 40.

“I thought we had a huge dig in that first half but I thought North Queensland attacked a little more fluidly,” McDermott told Sky Sports.

“Without some heroic defence, they could have been a try or two up. We put in such a big shift in the first half that we needed something to go our way in the first 10-15 minutes of that second half.

“It didn’t, and this is a scoreline that hurts. I am not going to say that it is a scoreline that does not reflect the game because it does. To concede that many points… well, it’s tough that.

“I think the physicality of their midfield carries started to take its toll in the second half. We are not a poor team but they applied so much pressure that we ended up coming up with errors – so it does reflect the game.

“I don’t think they unpicked us – they did not play some stuff there that we could not defend, it was just the pressure. If you want to pin me down on what is the difference between the two competitions, I would say it was the pressure that they play under.”

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