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Agar slams ‘woeful’ Leeds

24 Apr 21, 8:25AM 0 Comments

Written by John Davidson

Photo by Hull Daily Mail

Leeds coach Richard Agar has taken aim at his side after their 26-6 loss to Hull KR, describing their performance as flat and energyless.

The Rhinos have not won since round one of Super League, over Wakefield, and have now suffered four defeats in a row in all competitions.

Leeds have been beaten by Castleford, St Helens, Wigan and now the Robins in the past month.

Agar said he was “majorly disappointed” with his team’s display on Friday night against Hull KR.

“Our start to the game was woeful,” he admitted.

“Our application to our execution was really poor. It was very flat and energyless performance from us tonight.

“We had a number of players who ripped in, but across the board with so many players off the pace we were always going to be up against it.

“We looked like a team that had been thrown together this week. The only positives we can take out of tonight is some individual performances.”

Impressive Hull KR notched back-to-back wins for the first time since 2018 on the back of a hat-trick from centre Kane Linnett.

Leeds started poorly in the match and were behind 16-0 early in the first half.

“We were so far off,” Agar conceded.

“We’re not that good in a team, particularly with the personnel with have tonight, to be so far off the mark.

“We’ll be looking at that performance, it will be a long hard video session on Monday. We’ve got some guys who are short of where they need to be.”

The Rhinos were without their first-choice spine through injury but Agar said the side had no excuses and that he was dismayed by their indiscipline and poor ruck speed.

Agar did praise the effort of front-rower King Vuniyayawa at KCOM Craven Park.

“King played a really long stint and was a handful,” he said.

The Leeds coach did confirm they will be without Cameron Smith for several weeks with a hamstring injury.

“Cam has hurt his hamstring tendon and will be out for a couple of weeks,” Agar said.

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