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Leeds Rhinos half-back Rob Burrow insists Super League champs have work to do

Last Updated: 23/01/13 8:16pm

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Rob Burrow: Leeds must improve

Rob Burrow: Leeds must improve

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Leeds half-back Rob Burrow believes his side still have plenty of work to do if they are to be ready to defend their Super League title.

The Rhinos, who claimed a second successive Grand Final win last October, were below-par as they drew 24-24 with Bradford Bulls in Danny McGuire's testimonial game on Sunday.

Burrow, who scored a try against the Bulls as Leeds came back from 18-0 down to draw, thinks the friendly was a useful exercise to help identify areas for improvement.

"We were a bit rusty and we put too much ball down. Before we knew it we were behind. We did score some good tries, but it'd be nice to do that as well as play well. We need to pick up before the start of the league."
Burrow on Bulls clash

"It was a good exercise for us," Burrow told the Yorkshire Evening Post. "There is a lot to work on, obviously, but it was our first hit-out and I thought Bradford were really, really good.

"That's what friendlies are for. We would have liked to have played well, but it keeps your feet on the ground and we have a couple of weeks to put things right. You can train as good as you want and look brilliant, but you need to play.

"It was a good opportunity to say 'right, we're not so good at that at the moment and we need to work on that', so it will be beneficial for us.

"We were a bit rusty and we put too much ball down. Before we knew it we were behind. We did score some good tries, but it'd be nice to do that as well as play well. We need to pick up before the start of the league."

Meanwhile, new recruit Joe Vickery has pledged to capitalise on his unexpected first-team opportunity with the Rhinos after an injury to first-choice winger Ben Jones-Bishop opened the door for the 23-year-old.

"It is a shame about Bish, but if the door opens you have got to take your opportunity," said Vickery, who joined Leeds in December following a successful trial. "I didn't think it would come this quick, but I'm very happy that it has. I feel very sad for Bish, but I have got a job to do."

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