McDermott: Youngsters will learn from defeat

Leeds boss Brian McDermott believes Friday’s 34-0 defeat at Leeds will provide some valuable lessons for his younger players.

The Rhinos were without 13 first-teamers for their visit to the DW Stadium, but McDermott was philosophical about the result after the game.

“They’re experiences I can’t give them in training – Mikolaj Oledzki has never been hit like that before,” he said.

“There were some valuable lessons. I can’t tell you I’m happy but I’m not down either. On paper it was going to be a tough night and we had hoped the game would have been closer.

“We are disappointed by the final scoreline and disappointed we didn’t score a try.

“But for large parts of the game we put up a fair amount of resistance against a very determined Wigan who were out to respond to their defeat last week.

“There were some good bits in there for us to feel proud of. The half-time score was a better reflection than 34-0.

Once our juniors and also to some extent our senior guys started to fatigue, we conceded some soft tries.”

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  1. It was the same for Wigan when they went to Leeds early in the season with their young side but that night it was all about how good Leeds was and not that Wigan had so many young players on so it’s evened things up now so let’s hope it’s Wigan vs Leeds in a Wembley final with both teams having a full squad to choose from

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