McDermott - Rhinos building nicely
Leeds Rhinos coach Brian McDermott believes his side are moving in the right direction after a hard-fought 21-6 victory over Hull FC.
The Rhinos appeared to be in disarray only a few weeks ago, with some experts suggesting their time as a Super League force was over. The 37-18 defeat at Warrington Wolves was Leeds' fourth in five league matches.
However, McDermott's men have benefited from a kind run of fixtures to turn their form around, with Friday night's win at a rain-sodden Headingley their fourth in a row.
Carl Ablett, Brett Delaney and Ryan Hall grabbed the tries for the hosts, while skipper Kevin Sinfield chipped in with an excellent kicking display. Richard Horne's try proved scant consolation for the visitors.
The result moved Leeds two points ahead of injury-hit Hull and ensured spirits remain high ahead of next weekend's Challenge Cup semi-final against holders Wigan Warriors.
"We're building some momentum now. In the last four games we've got better in each game," said McDermott.
"It's a big game next week against a very good team and we'll have to be very good. It's exciting but we can't get wrapped up in it.
"Tonight wasn't perfect but we came up with the important plays when it mattered."