Leeds Rhinos interim coach Richard Agar said it was up to his players to produce a hugely improved level of effort in order to get a result this week as they welcome Castleford to Emerald Headingley Stadium this weekend.
Agar’s first game in charge following the sacking of Dave Furner was disastrous, with the Rhinos being dumped out of Challenge Cup by arch rivals Bradford Bulls, with the temporary boss highlighting effort and desire as the main shortfall of his squad.
“We didn’t want to sweep what happened last weekend under the rug,” he said.
“I think it’s important to highlight to the players what effort looks like and what it doesn’t look like.”
“You can have all the game plans and systems in place but everyone knows that rugby league is a game where if you don’t underpin it with the required effort results like last weekend will happen and our effort simply wasn’t good enough.”
“The players are very lucky to be part of a local derby in front of a big crowd at this stadium but our effort undoubtedly needs to replicate that,” he added when looking ahead to the Tigers clash.