Super League: Brian McDermott confident Leeds Rhinos will regain top form

Last Updated: 25/05/13 2:14pm

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Leeds Rhinos coach Brian McDermott insists there is no "crisis" at Headingley as they head into Super League's Magic Weekend with back-to-back defeats.

The Rhinos face table-toppers Wigan Warriors on Sunday in the final tie of the weekend at the Etihad stadium.

Leeds enter the Magic Weekend having lost to St Helens on home soil earlier in the week and been knocked out of the Challenge Cup by Huddersfield Giants the previous week.

Despite a number of senior players being injury McDermott is eager not to exaggerate his side's quandary.

"We have got some injuries and had a couple of defeats, but I don't think it's crisis moments," the 43-year-old said.

"There's no crisis talks and there's nothing that can't be fixed up. But the inconvenient truth is it needs to be fixed up.

Fragile

"We are making far too many errors, there's a bit of fragility defensively and there's some parts of the game we are not handling well."

Prior to their Challenge Cup exit the Rhinos were unbeaten in seven outings and McDermott expects his side to work their way back into form.

"We have to adopt the same philosophy we have week in and week out."
Brian McDermott

"It's only a couple of weeks ago we had an outstanding performance against Bradford and that was on the back of a good run of form," he added.

"Nobody has got a right to form, but certainly if you work hard enough you can earn it again."

Monday's defeat has left the Rhinos six points adrift of Wigan at the head of the table with two games in hand making Sunday's clash a must-win for McDermott's men.

Clinical

"We will have to hold on to the ball. We all have a philosophy about how we'd like to play, but without a certain amount of possession you are going to struggle," the Rhinos coach said.

"We have to be pretty sound and clinical defensively, but should we be good enough to beat Wigan that will steer us back in the right direction."

Leeds are the only team in the Super League to boast a perfect Magic Weekend record having won all six of their fixtures so far and must rise to the occasion once again.

"I do like the Magic Weekend, I think there's a bit in it," he continued. "I like how it's put together, I like how all the teams are there and we are the only sport that does it.

"But at the same time, the coaches and players have got to make sure we concentrate on the fact it's two league points and we have to adopt the same philosophy we have week in and week out."

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