Leeds not far away from being ‘a very good team’ insists McDermott ahead of Catalans clash

Leeds coach Brian McDermott believes the reigning Super League champions are close to being ‘a very good team’ as they aim to end their five-match losing streak in Super League with victory over Catalans tonight. In the space of little over a month, Leeds have fallen from being in the race for the top-four to fears of being sucked into…

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We know we can beat St Helens on Friday, insists defiant Brian McDermott

Leeds coach Brian McDermott admits his team will have to reverse their form to beat league leaders St Helens on Friday – but insists they can topple Justin Holbrook’s side if they perform to their potential. The reigning champions are being slowly dragged into a battle to avoid the Qualifiers for the second time in three years; they could be…

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SQUAD WATCH: All the team news for Friday’s Super League games

Leeds v St Helens (7:45pm, Emerald Headingley, Sky Sports) The reigning champions make three changes for Friday’s huge clash with St Helens. Returning are Joel Moon and Anthony Mullally from injury and suspension respectively – while Harry Newman also comes into the 19-man squad. They replace Mikolaj Oledzki and Richie Myler, who have concussion – and Brett Delaney, who has…

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Elstone hopeful Super League can convince Leeds to back new era

New Super League chief executive Robert Elstone has reiterated his belief that the supposed standalone dissenting voice in Super League – reigning champions Leeds – can back the sea change planned by the competition’s hierarchy moving forward. In a seismic day for the sport which resulted in apparent confirmation of the league structure changing as well as a host of…

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Giants earn vital victory at Headingley

Huddersfield Giants consolidated their position in the top eight with a vital 18-25 victory against Leeds Rhinos at Headingley tonight. Leeds welcomed back Liam Sutcliffe after injury, but Carl Ablett (calf) and Jimmy Keinhorst (hamstring) were both sidelined after picking up injuries in the Challenge Cup win over Leigh. The Giants were without Jake Mamo (knee), while Danny Brough was starting…

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The Big Interview: Jordan Lilley on life on the fringes at his beloved Leeds Rhinos

In the first of a new series, League Express’ Aaron Bower meets a rugby league personality – be that player, coach, official or someone else – to talk about their career, achievements and current standing within the game. First up, Leeds’ prodigious half-back Jordan Lilley on breaking through as a teenager, finding opportunities hard to come by since and his…

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McDermott calls for ‘Fred Lindop-style’ refereeing in Leigh clash on Friday night

Leeds coach Brian McDermott has called on the match officials in tonight’s Challenge Cup quarter-final with Leigh to adopt the mantra of infamous referee Fred Lindop and nip any ‘old-school stuff’ in the bud quickly tonight. The Rhinos clash with the Centurions in unfamiliar surroundings at Featherstone’s LD Nutrition Stadium, owing to their Emerald Headingley venue already being in use…

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Catalans beat Leeds in Perpignan

Catalans Dragons secured a 33-20 victory over Leeds Rhinos this afternoon at the Stade Gilbert Brutus in Perpignan, which moves them up to ten points and tenth position in the Super League table, just one point outside the top eight. The injury-hit Rhinos, coming into the game on the back of a Magic Weekend defeat to Castleford, are still on…

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Tigers hammer “soft” Rhinos

Castleford Tigers were far too strong for Leeds Rhinos today in the final game of the first day of the Magic Weekend, winning 38-6 and continuing their impressive record against the Rhinos in the regular season. The Tigers took the lead in the twelfth minute through stand-in winger Jy Hitchcox, with Jamie Ellis adding a touchline conversion. On 20 minutes…

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