Leeds “too soft in the belly”, says Hanley

Former Leeds star Ellery Hanley says the Rhinos must focus on toughening up their defence if they are to stand any chance of resurrecting their season.

The Rhinos crashed out of the Challenge Cup at the hands of Bradford on Saturday, and are currently well adrift of the play-off places in Super League.

Hanley told Sky Sports: “For me, it’s very simple. The first thing you have do in any organisation is make sure the players understand that defence will win games.

“Unfortunately for Leeds, they haven’t got that department correct. They are too soft in the belly, and also they’re all singing off different song sheets.

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“I’ve watched a huge amount of their games this season, and that’s the first thing I would fix up. I would want my team to be the best defensive team and the best tacklers in the competition.”

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