Leeds want easier route to Grand Final, Rob Burrow told Boots 'n' All

Last Updated: 14/03/13 11:49am

Rob Burrow told Boots 'n' All that Leeds are determined to end the regular Super League season in top spot.

The Rhinos have won the previous two Grand Finals - besting St Helens in 2011 and Warrington in 2012 - despite finishing in fifth place after the round-robin stage in both years.

The Yorkshire outfit have made a mixed start to this campaign, recording three victories and two defeats from their initial five contests and currently sit in seventh, but Leeds halfback Burrow is confident his side can motor up the standings.

"We don't want to rely on end-of-year form; we want to be up there from the start."

Rob Burrow

"The last couple of years have been great and I wouldn't change it for anything, but we certainly want to do it the easy way," said the 30-year-old, who has spent his entire career with the Rhinos.

"Our aim, like any other club, is to win all our games and try to finish as high up that ladder as possible and top spot is a goal for us.

"We don't want to rely on end-of-year form; we want to be up there from the start and playing well now and hopefully continue that until the end of the season."

Leeds were humbled 32-8 by early Super League pacesetters Huddersfield last week, but Burrow insists the Headingley group have been grafting hard on the training pitch since then as they prepare for the visit of Wigan on Friday night.


"We have been putting things right in training (since we lost to Huddersfield) and know we need to come back out and put in massive performances," said Burrow.

"We can't rest on Huddersfield and we just want to get out and play again and a team like Wigan is the right team to come up against as they have players who will pose a very high threat.

"I remember watching Leeds-Wigan games when I was young and they were always great, high-intensity matches, and so to play in games like this is one of the reasons you play rugby league.

"We are two teams that want to play well every week and want to get one over on each other. It is certainly a game we look forward to and I'm sure Wigan do, too; it has all the hallmarks of a great game."

Reflecting on the loss to Huddersfield, Burrow added: "It was really disappointing. Huddersfield are a quality side and you need to put in your best performance to beat a side like that and we didn't play as we wanted to.

"There are no easy games in Super League and recently we had a tough World Club Challenge (against Melbourne Storm) and then had to go to St Helens, but we are professional athletes and need to get up for every game."