McDermott’s message to Super League is ‘We can win it’

Leeds coach Brian McDermott is confident that his team can win the Super League title this year, despite finishing the regular season in sixth place.

The Rhinos have shown in previous years that where they finish in the table seems to barely affect their play-off displays, and McDermott feels his team have the attributes to succeed once more.

“Yes we can, there’s no reason why we can’t,” he said, when asked if his team could win another Grand Final.

“There’s a few obstacles along the way that we’ll have to encounter. We’ve got a home fixture, but after that we’ll be playing away.

“But the answer is yes.”

The Rhinos coach is well aware of the threat posed by Saturday’s opponents the Catalan Dragons, however.

The French outfit have had an inconsistent season, but have shown enough quality for them to be formidable opponents on their day.

“They’re a good team,” added McDermott.

“I think what they’ve been doing in the league has a bearing, but this is play-off stuff now, knockout stuff.

“I don’t think their recent form will have much of a bearing. They know it’s do or die, as it is for us on Saturday.

“That will bring out the best of both teams, and the best of Catalan is a really good team.”

Leeds’ own form has not been great in recent weeks, having lost their last five Super League games. McDermott insists that confidence has not been dented, however.

“We’re not disheartened and we’re not lacking confidence at all, heading into the play-offs,” he affirmed.

“If anything, we’re excited.”

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