Leeds Rhinos interim coach Richard Agar admitted to being deflated by his side’s second half performance after they were ripped apart by a red hot Saints side in a blistering 19 minute spell to lose 36-20.

The Rhinos went in at 10 all at the break but were powerless to stop Justin Holbrook’s men on the resumption, who scored 26 consecutive points to kill the contest, before the hosts rallied with two late tries.

“The second half was majorly disappointing,” Agar admitted to reporters.

“We talked about fixing up offloads and errors at half time but we may as well have not spoken at all because we came up with a hand grenade of a pass early and didn’t see the ball for nearly twenty minutes.

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“We showed a response but our one on one defence was very poor for periods there and it wasn’t good enough.”

Agar highlighted the defeat was a reality check for his side, who had been building some momentum off the back of two big wins, and admitted they were still some way off the elite teams in Super League.

“It lets us know where were at. We’ve had two good performances but we weren’t good enough against a much tougher side,” he said.

“We showed signs we can attack but we’ve dropped off in terms of performance over the last couple of months so we’ll need to assess that.

“We need to just keep working hard but we learnt a lot about ourselves tonight,” he added.