Leeds’ top eight hopes all but over despite Ferres’ hopes

Brett Ferres insists Leeds can still make the top eight, despite the Rhinos suffering their twelfth defeat in 15 Super League matches at the weekend.

Their 40-8 hammering at the hands of Wigan, combined with victories for Huddersfield and Salford has left Leeds outright bottom of Super League with just eight rounds of action left.

There is still time for the Rhinos, who could amass 22 points if they won their remaining eight games of the regular season, the same amount of points Hull FC earned in 2015 to finish seventh.

Based on last year’s league table, 20 points would secure a place in the top eight, meaning Leeds would have to win seven of their final eight games.

While it is mathematically possible, following a string of heavy defeats and terrible performances in recent weeks, there are few people that believe the Rhinos are capable of stringing two wins together, yet alone seven.

However, England international Ferres told League Express that despite their dismal year so far, the Rhinos have what it takes to turn things around.

“It has been a disappointing start and a tough run for us, but we are working hard,” he said.

“There is no lack of effort, but it’s been the lack of smartness and consistency that’s letting us down.”

A full report of Leeds’ Magic Weekend defeat, plus more reaction from Ferres and Brian McDermott can be found in this week’s League Express, in stores now or available online by clicking here.