Super League: Brian McDermott unhappy Leeds failed to control ball against Bulls
Last Updated: 29/03/13 10:50am
Leeds Rhinos failed to hold on to two leads against rivals Bradford Bulls at Headingley
Leeds Rhinos boss Brian McDermott felt his team failed to control the ball sufficiently in their 18-all home draw against rivals Bradford Bulls.
The Rhinos raced into an early 6-0 lead thanks to Kallum Watkins' try while Jamie Peacock's second-half try looked like securing the points for the champions.
However, Bradford hit back in the closing stages through Adam Sidlow with Jamie Foster's conversion ensuring the spoils were shared.
"We lost too much possession," said McDermott. "There's not much whingeing to be done when you lose so much unforced ball.
"We lost too much possession. There's not much whingeing to be done when you lose so much unforced ball."
"Credit to Bradford, they fought and didn't allow us to get to get two scores in front. If we had been, it would have been less attainable for them."
The Rhinos finished the match a man light after veteran Jamie Peacock was sin-binned for dissent, although McDermott has no plans to hold show-down talks with the ex-Bull.
"I won't be having any words with JP telling him to wind his neck in," he continued.
"He cares immensely. I don't know what he said to the referee but, in a game as heated as that, I would hope the referee hasn't been precious.
"If you can't cop a verbal from a 35-year-old bloke who's been playing for 15 or 16 years in the heat of the moment there, it would be a shame.
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"If he's been out of order and very offensive, then it's probably the right decision but, knowing JP, I don't think he would have been overly offensive."
The draw was the seventh in Super League so far and former Rhinos man Francis Cummins, now head coach of the Bulls reserved special praise for his team.
"I'm pleased with the way the game went. The lads earned the right to play," he said. "We didn't have enough quality at times, which was a bit frustrating, but boy have they got character.
"When you think about how we started the game, it was like we had half a dozen of our players left on the bus and we could have been blown away.
"At times it was ugly for us but we found a way, which was really pleasing. We lacked a bit direction but there was no lack of effort."