Agar hails Rhinos defence as safety is secured

Leeds Rhinos interim coach Richard Agar admitted he wasn’t happy with his side’s attack, but had huge praise for their defence as they beat London 36-10 to secure their Super League status.

The win in the capital moved the Rhinos four points clear of the bottom of the table Broncos with only two games remaining, with a vastly superior points difference ensuring Leeds will avoid relegation.

The Rhinos have scored a lot of points in recent weeks, but it was their efforts without the ball which particularly impressed their boss.

“To keep them to nil at half-time, there were some great last-ditch, try-saving efforts,” Agar told The Yorkshire Posts’ Peter Smith.

“The way we finished the game defensively, I thought, was pretty good. But attack-wise, despite scoring 36 points, I don’t think we executed what we planned to do.

“We played a lot of pretty average, one-out football and I would say there was a lot of anxiety about what we were doing.

“But we got it back and finished quite strongly. It was a tough game, on a tough pitch and there was a lot of pressure on the game in terms of what it meant to our season.”