Rhinos have it all to do
Acting captain Rob Burrow expects the real Leeds to turn up for Sunday’s World Club Challenge against North Queensland Cowboys.
Burrow, deputising for the Rhinos’ injured new skipper Danny McGuire, admits that Sunday’s 56-12 mauling by Widnes could hardly have been worse preparation for arguably the Super League champions’ biggest game of the year.
Leeds are bottom of the table after their worst start to a season in 16 years and they also lost three more players to injury, but Burrow insists they did not have one eye on the visit of the Australian champions in the climax to the 2016 World Club Series.
“I know a lot of people in the crowd are going to be thinking that but that’s not the case,” Burrow said.
“It’s never the case. We need every two points we can get in Super League, it’s that tight.
“We were focused on playing well. But we didn’t, we were terrible. Everything went wrong for us.”