LEEDS Rhinos come to the Galpharm tomorrow facing something of a crisis.
Coach Brian McClennan’s men have suffered three successive defeats, which is almost unprecedented for the Rhinos in the Super League era.
The rocky run began with the 22-18 Challenge Cup defeat at home to St Helens and was followed by a narrow 10-6 defeat at Bradford Bulls on Good Friday.
But the greatest shock came on Easter Monday when Leeds suffered a stunning 30-20 home defeat to struggling Salford City Reds, prompting McClennan to admit his team is doing it tough.
“As a club we have had a lot of success, winning back-to-back championships, but right now our confidence is down and there is a bit of indecision,” he said straight after the Salford defeat.
“Everyone gets very upset, almost to the point of depression when we don’t do well because expectations are so high among the players – almost too much at times.
“We have to keep believing in ourselves and our systems. We will come out of this and we will come out of it stronger.”
BRIAN McCLENNAN starts his second season as Leeds Rhinos head coach having already achieved hero status with the Headingley faithful.
Having arrived at the club after Tony Smith’s title-winning farewell season of 2007, ‘Bluey’ delivered Leeds’ first ever back-to-back championships by steering his side to victory over St Helens in last year’s Super League Grand Final.
GIANTS B Hodgson, Aspinwall, Brown, Whaturia, D Hodgson, Robinson, Crabtree, Faiumu, Griffin, Lolesi, Wild, Finnigan, Jackson, Mason, Kirmond, Lawrence, Moore, Cudjoe, Lunt.
RHINOS Webb, Donald, Senior, Hall, McGuire, Burrow, Leuluai, Buderus, Peacock, Jones-Buchanan, Lauitiiti, Sinfield, Diskin, Bailey, Kirke, Ablett, Burgess, Gibson, Watkins.
REFEREE Richard Silverwood.