Super League: Brian McDermott happy with Leeds Rhinos after hard-fought win

Last updated: 27th July 2013  

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Brian McDermott: Had some sympathy for Wakefield

The two teams really had a dig and it was dramatic at the end. Neither team gave in and the result could have gone either way.

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Leeds coach Brian McDermott spared some praise for Wakefield after the Rhinos snatched a 31-24 victory.

A week after their tense 20-18 triumph at Headingley, McDermott's men scored two tries in the last six minutes to win 31-24 in front of a near-capacity crowd of 10,031 at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium.

"I thought last week's game was a cracking advertisement for Super League and tonight's was as well," McDermott said.

"The two teams really had a dig and it was dramatic at the end. Neither team gave in and the result could have gone either way.

"Had Wakefield won that game, I wouldn't have had a grievance. I thought Wakefield probably deserved something out of it."

Leeds skipper Kevin Sinfield marked his return from injury with an important drop goal, while 18-year-old winger James Duckworth scored a try in an impressive debut.

"Kev has blown off a few cobwebs," McDermott said. "He came up with a couple of choice kicks and a drop goal which influnced the outcome of the game.

"Ducky's been showing up well in the 19s and I'm pleased he brought his game into the first team."

Back-to-back defeats have prevented Wakefield from climbing into the top eight and coach Richard Agar felt his side lost their composure at crucial moments in the match.

"It was another tremendous effort but one we're not happy with because we felt we didn't learn the lessons from last week," Agar said.

"I thought at crucial times we came up with some poor plays and wrong decisions.

"There was nothing in the game, it could have gone either way, but we were just not smart enough at crucial times. I thought Sinfield and Burrow were and that was the difference."

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