Rhino Ellis stays focused

Rhinos need to maintain points gap, says forward

Last Updated: 24/05/08 3:53pm

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Ellis: Staying focused

Ellis: Staying focused

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Leeds forward Gareth Ellis is keeping his feet firmly on the ground - despite the Champions having an eight point lead at the top of the Super League.

Friday night's resounding 30-14 away victory over rivals Bradford has given the Rhinos a cushion at the top.

But Great Brittan forward Ellis insists the side are not uncatchable and need to maintain their focus.

He said: "It's a fantastic position to be in. The key for us is keeping that gap there. We'll be aiming to keep ticking over, keeping the wins coming and building our form.

Keep going

"I don't think we're uncatchable. We've got to keep going at it. Every game is a tough game but we know, if we play to our potential, we can maintain the gap."

Leeds, who next take on Wigan in the quarter-finals of the Challenge Cup, came from behind to defeat the Bulls.

This is the latest in several slow starts this term and Ellis says the squad are trying to change this around.

"We were a little disappointed with our performance in the first half against Bradford," he said. "We gave a lot of penalties away and turned the ball over and handed Bradford a lot of territory.

"They got the lead, deservedly, and would have been disappointed to have been behind at half-time with the way they were playing.

"We got on a roll on in the second half and things started to come off for us.

Clinical side

"We've shown all year we're a very clinical side. We've got off to a few slow starts but we've always been within a few points of the opposition and we're always in with a chance when that's the case.

"It's something that we're trying to work on. It's not a position you want to be in on too many occasions because you will get caught out."

On the injury front, the Rhinos' former New Zealand forward Ali Lauitiiti hurt his knee in the victory.

But Great Britain international Jamie Jones-Buchanan and Frenchman Eric Anselme are both set to return next week.

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