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McDermott: All about attitude
No fairytale finish for Agar as he ends his time at Hull with heavy loss
Leeds coach Brian McDermott was glad to see his side tought it out against Hull after blitzing the Airlie Birds 42-10 in the Super League play-offs.
The Rhinos recorded their 11th straight victory over the Black and Whites, running in seven tries in front of the Sky Sports cameras at Headingley.
First-half scores from Jamie Jones-Buchanan, Ben Jones-Bishop and Brent Webb put the home team 18-0 ahead, with Weller Hauraki, Kevin Sinfield, Danny McGuire and Ryan Bailey all crossing after the break.
Next up for Leeds on the road to Old Trafford is an away trip to Huddersfield - a team they beat in the last round of the regular season.
McDermott said: "I thought we came up with some sensational patches of play and were brilliant on occasions.
"Hull were always going to come here and have a dig but we made mention of that and said that it was about what we did and about getting our attitude right.
"Leeds as a team have been known for playing hot down the years but we scored some tries tonight through tough options.
"People were willing to run hard and break tackles. And we did that."
The Rhinos triumphed 31-24 at the Galpharm Stadium on their last visit but McDermott is expecting a stern test from the Giants on Friday, adding "They will have every reason to be strong again.
"We're not preparing or hoping for anything else, but once again we have to continue with the same attitude we showed today.
"Our attitude has been very strong for some weeks now and what goes on in the inside of this place is more important than anything that goes outside of it.
"You can say we are in form but it's dangerous to acknowledge that.
"We're in form because of our attitude and our willingness to get our hands dirty. We know how motivated Huddersfield will be on Friday."
McDermott also reserved special praise for McGuire, who scored his 200th try in Leeds colours.
The former Harlequins boss said: "He should be proud of that because if you break a record at Leeds then you know you're in good shape.
"He's been around the game for a while but he's still as hungry as ever."
The defeat was a disappointing end to Hull coach Richard Agar's tenure at the KC Stadium - he did not manage to record a win over Leeds during his time in charge.
The Black and Whites scored tries through Richard Whiting and Tom Briscoe, though they had simply left themselves with too much to do in the second half.
Agar said: "There was certainly no fairytale finish.
"That was as poorly as we've played for a long, long time - we were well beaten in every department.
"We were disappointed at half-time because I don't think we competed well enough.
"A lot of our big-game players just did not perform."
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Super League Table
|9||Hull K R||22||20|
|12||Salford Red Devils||23||17|
|13||Bradford Bulls *||23||6|
|Sunday 3rd August|
|15:00||Widnes vs Hull K R|
|15:00||Wakefield vs Huddersfield|
|15:30||Castleford vs London Broncos|
|Thursday 14th August|
|20:00||Hull K R vs Wigan|
|Friday 15th August|
|20:00||Salford vs Catalan Dragons|
|20:00||St Helens vs Wakefield|
|20:00||Warrington vs Castleford|
|Sunday 17th August|
|15:00||Huddersfield vs Widnes|
|15:00||London Broncos vs Leeds|
|15:00||Bradford vs Hull|
|Friday 1st August|
|Catalan Dragons 24 - 26 Warrington|
|Leeds 14 - 20 Bradford|
|Hull 19 - 12 St Helens|
|Thursday 31st July|
|Wigan 45 - 4 Salford|
|Sunday 27th July|
|Huddersfield 38 - 16 Catalan Dragons|
|Warrington 26 - 40 Wakefield|
|Bradford 16 - 8 Wigan|
|Saturday 26th July|
|London Broncos 10 - 62 Hull K R|
|Friday 25th July|
|Salford 18 - 22 Leeds|
|St Helens 44 - 22 Widnes|
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