McDermott satisfied with scrappy win

Brian McDermott refused to get carried away despite seeing his Leeds Rhinos team climb up to second place in the Betfred Super League table on Friday.

The Rhinos’ 28-12 victory at Huddersfield Giants was their third victory in a row, but McDermott felt the game was a tough one to watch.

“We’ll savour that – it’s a decent position to be in, but I don’t think we’re rolling our shoulders at being there after the last 18 months,” McDermott told the club’s official website.

“It was an ugly game for both teams. I don’t think anybody enjoyed it. I won’t be too down about it, though. We got penalised a lot in the first half and that takes so much juice out of you.

“I don’t think we got any rhythm or momentum back and the game became a scrappy, stop-start affair.

“They probably let us off the hook with their finishing, but I suppose we were just good enough defensively to come away with the win.

“We weren’t as good with the ball as last week, but it’s good that we can defend our way to a win.”

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