Leeds boss wary of Dragons
Leeds Rhinos head coach Brian McDermott has admitted the Catalans Dragons will challenge for the Super League title this season.
The French outfit picked up some surprising victories away from their Perpignan base last season and have continued playing their impressive brand of rugby in the current campaign. Catalans sit in third place in the Super League table but could go top of the pile, if they can pick up another two points when they travel to Headingley Stadium to face the defending champions Leeds. The Rhinos have won four of the last five Grand Finals and know what it takes to triumph in the competition. McDermott, who led the West Yorkshire club to the title with a win over St Helens at Old Trafford last season, believes the Dragons have the quality to go all the way this year. He told Sky Sports News: "They are normally good with the ball. They are a good, good attacking team, but they can defend as well. Not only have we got to stop them scoring tries, but we've got to break down their very good defence as well. "We're actually looking forward to Friday night. It's a big game and it's a big challenge for us and we're going to find out where we are with our progression this season."