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Agar keeps his cool after Leeds’ big win

16 Feb 20, 9:26AM 0 Comments

Written by John Davidson

Photo by Leeds Rhinos

Leeds coach Richard Agar is not getting too carried away with his team’s 42-point demolition of Hull KR.
The Rhinos ran in 10 tries in an annihilation of the Robins.

Both Cameron Smith and the outstanding Harry Newman finished with two tries each, while Luke Gale kicked eight from eight.

Centre Newman was in eye-catching form and finished with a try assist, 11 tackle breaks and 136 metres to go with his double.

Winger Luke Briscoe was also impressive with seven tackle busts, two try assists, three clean breaks and 189 metres.

Agar was pleased his side bounced back from their one-sided loss to Hull FC in round one, but insists there is a lot more to come from Leeds.

“It was a disappointing performance in round one and having last week called off meant there was a bit of space between games for us,” he said.

“I did think the longer preparation helped us, but I have seen our boys respond well before when they’re under a bit of pressure and there’s question marks about us.

“They have never been a group to kick stones or go into shells too much.

“From the word go we showed a very positive attitude to everything we did, particularly with the ball.

“There was some good ball movement, we went through the middle when we got the opportunity.

“We came up with some good tries. Credit to Hull KR, they held us up over the line a few times.

“To chalk up 50 points against any team is really pleasing.”

But Agar wasn’t getting over-excited with the victory.

“After 30 minutes and with some daylight on the scoreboard we got too loose and with some of our pass selections we veered off script,” he admitted.

“We encourage our players to play what they see and go for it, but at the same time you have to balance that out and not give passes that aren’t on.

“We need to be a bit more hard-nosed in those situations.

I think we’re a long way from where we want to be, but it’s the second game in. There’s bigger games to come.”

Agar said Liam Sutcliffe was replaced during the game because he suffered a “twinge” in his knee.

Forward Rhys Martin also missed the match because of a cyst.

Leeds next face Salford way on February 22.

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