Super League: Ian Kirke admits Leeds Rhinos have been off colour
By James Pearson @SportsPeo
Last Updated: 19/06/14 6:50pm
Leeds Rhinos experienced forward Ian Kirke knows the Super League title contenders have not been up-to-scratch in recent weeks.
Since losing their Magic Weekend clash to Wigan Warriors, Leeds have been defeated by Warrington and Huddersfield although they have toppled Hull FC in league action and progressed in the Challenge Cup past Leigh Centurions.
The run has seen Brian McDermott’s troops surrender top spot in the league and Kirke knows they need to up their game despite an improved showing against the Giants last week.
Against Huddersfield it was a better performance. We didn’t come away with the two points, which was disappointing. You’ve got to be way up there with your performance to beat teams like Huddersfield.
Leeds take on Widnes on Sunday and the Rhinos would love a repeat of last season’s scoreline when McDermott’s men ran out 52-36 victors at the Select Security Stadium.
“We’ve had a bit of a dip in form. Against Warrington, personally I was way off, for one reason or another. The rest of the probably weren’t on the ball much either,” Kirke told Sky Sports.
“We ended up coming up with a walloping. Don’t get me wrong Warrington were very good as they often are.
“Against Huddersfield it was a better performance. We didn’t come away with the two points, which was disappointing. You’ve got to be way up there with your performance to beat teams like Huddersfield.”
Kirke finished last season playing with broken ribs and despite missing the start of this season after undergoing surgery he is now fully fit and eager to give his all.
“They (the ribs) are good now. I had a little issue with the scar, but it’s all cleared up. I had a few antibiotics. I’m pretty much in the full swing of things,” he concluded.
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