Leeds Rhinos boss Brian McDermott welcomes second chance in play-offs

Last Updated: 15/09/13 7:12pm

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Leeds were blown away by Warrington's Ben Westwood on Saturday

Leeds were blown away by Warrington's Ben Westwood on Saturday

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Leeds coach Brian McDermott is confident his side will hit back from their defeat to Warrington as they bid for a third straight Super League Grand Final place.

The Rhinos, champions for the last two years, suffered their first play-off defeat since 2010 when the Wolves ran out 40-20 winners at the Halliwell Jones Stadium on Saturday.

But McDermott's side get a second chance to reach the Old Trafford showpiece due to their top-four finish in the regular season, and they now face St Helens at Headlingley on Friday for a place in the semi-finals.

And with many of his key players still short of match-sharpness following injury lay-offs, McDermott welcomes the short break in between games.

"I've been saying for a few weeks that we've some fellas that need to catch up on game time," he said. "We wanted to win and have next weekend off but at the same time we'll look for the positives.

"And, should we get through to the following week, we will have a few more men with a bit more game time."

Leeds were back to full strength with the return from suspension of prop Ryan Bailey, and they opened up a 10-6 lead before being blown away by a four-try performance from England ace Ben Westwood.

"Confidence will be an issue," McDermott added. "We will have to address that. We got done by a good team. We've got to turn things around in training next week and develop a bit more of a steely attitude towards the next game."

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