Leeds’ forward Stevie Ward admits it was disappointing to miss out on top spot in the Super League and says the Rhinos still have plenty of work to do if they’re to be considered serious challengers for silverware.
Last weekend’s 31-12 defeat at home to Huddersfield left Leeds fourth in the table and with a trip to Catalan coming up Ward acknowledged the team must quickly regain their focus.
“We wanted to be up there – we wanted to be the best we could be last week and we just didn’t show up as well as we have been doing,” Ward told the Yorkshire Evening Post.
“You’d like to put it down to lack of focus – there was a kind of lack of focus in that game and not the same vibe we’ve had in the past.
“We have got to get that right this week and go there and do a job. We weren’t the same team we have been in the last few weeks, coming off the back of a few tough fixtures.
“It is an easy excuse to make. I don’t know if there were any tired bodies out there, but it’s the sort of game we should be winning. We want to be up there mixing it at the top, but we’re not there yet.”