Leeds captain Kevin Sinfield believes the Rhinos will get over their mid-season slump and return to the sparkling form that saw them top Super League earlier in the season.
The Rhinos have lost three of their last four league matches and will be pushed down to third in the table if Wigan beat Widnes in tomorrow night’s rescheduled clash.
“You can’t win them all can you?” Sinfield said.
“I think you’d be pretty naïve to think you can go all year without having a bit of a loss of form. There’s some injuries as well. If you look at the minute we’ve got a full-back missing, one of our key halves, both hookers. You take that out of any side in the game you’re going to struggle.
“We’ve got some great young players coming in but to ask them to fill some fairly big shoes is tough. Replacing some of those players that have been around a long time. From the outside looking in you might think we’re in a bit of a crisis. We’ve certainly not performed as we did at the start of the year, but I think there’s some reasons for that. This next little while we’ll start to get some bodies back and you’ll see a huge improvement in us again.
“It’s certainly a concern where our form has been the last month or so. I firmly believe that when we get a few bodies back and we start playing like we did at the start of the year then we’re a threat for anyone.”
The 33-year-old was speaking at the England training camp in Loughborough yesterday and insists he remnants to carry on with the international side.
“I’d love to be involved again – the last few years have been really exciting international wise,” he said.
“Steve’s created a great environment here, to be around these players who have been outstanding all year.”