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Tetley's Challenge Cup: Brian McDermott delighted after Leeds Rhinos' win
I thought it was a tough opening first quarter. We bombed a few chances and while it appeared we looked dominant, I've been in enough of those games to know they just needed one thing to go their way.
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Leeds head coach Brian McDermott admitted he did not expect his team to run out 60-6 winners after a shaky start to their Tetley's Challenge Cup fourth-round tie against Wakefield.
The Rhinos wasted a number of opportunities in the opening 15 minutes before Rob Burrow settled their nerves with the first try of the afternoon.
Wakefield could not contain the Rhinos from then on as they delivered an exhibition of offloading and fast-tempo rugby to cross 11 times in all in a one-sided West Yorkshire derby, though thoughts of such a comprehensive victory never entered McDermott's head during the early stages.
He said: "I thought it was a tough opening first quarter. We bombed a few chances and while it appeared we looked dominant, I've been in enough of those games to know they just needed one thing to go their way.
"I was thinking of every scenario in my head where (Jarrod) Sammut comes up with a big play or (Pita) Godinet does, or Richard Moore gets an offload and then they get a bit of ascendancy, a bit of anxiety kicks in and then it's a completely different game.
"I think the players were feeling that up until about that 15-minute mark, but after that we were very dominant, very switched on and equally I thought our mentality towards today was where it needed to be."
Ryan Hall marked his 200th Rhinos appearance with two tries but McDermott was keen to focus on the attributes the winger has that go unnoticed.
"His contribution to what we do is very good," McDermott added.
"One of the ways people judge wingers is how many tries they've scored and that's probably not the wrong thing to do, but in today's game you've got to look at some other numbers in his game - how many metres he makes, how many carries he has, what he is like defensively, and all those other little areas of his game were very good (when he was not scoring tries earlier in the season)."
While it was a satisfying afternoon for the Rhinos, the same could not be said of a Wakefield outfit that was left battered and bruised after their cup exit.
Head coach Richard Agar conceded he had a tough task lifting his depleted squad ahead of Friday's Super League match against the same opposition.
"We've come out of that game a bit busted up," said Agar. "We ran out of interchanges, we didn't have any fit bodies on the bench and we have probably got seven or eight doubts from that team.
"It is going to be a difficult one and the short turnaround obviously isn't going to help us in terms of getting it right on the training field, with the amount of injuries we've got.
"But hopefully we can get a reaction."
Agar paid tribute to Leeds, whose reward was a fifth-round tie at home to arch-rivals St Helens.
He added: "They're a good side. It's going to be a really, really good team, I think, on the right day to knock them out of this competition."
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