Sep 20, 2014 at 5.15pm UK at ​Headingley Carnegie Stadium
Leeds Rhinos
20-24
CatalansCatalans Dragons
Ablett (16'), Watkins (39'), Jones-Buchanan (70')
FT
Williams (26', 79'), Taia (48'), Anderson (58')

Rob Burrow surprised by early Leeds Rhinos exit

Rob Burrow of Leeds Rhinos in action against London Broncos on January 31, 2014
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Leeds Rhinos hooker Rob Burrow admits that he was not expecting the team to lose in the first round of the Super League playoffs.

Leeds Rhinos hooker Rob Burrow has admitted that the team's early exit from the Super League playoffs came as a surprise.

The Rhinos were eliminated at the first hurdle on Saturday with a 20-24 defeat at home to Catalans Dragons.

With Leeds being knocked out in the opening round of the playoffs for the first time since 2006, Burrow concedes that he expected his side to go further in the competition.

"Obviously we've been in situations when we've not reached the final before, but this one seems the most unexpected," he told the Yorkshire Evening Post.

"That's no disrespect to Catalan. We knew we were in for a tough fight, but to go out in the first round of the playoffs... you don't train that week thinking this could be the last week at training. We are shocked and really disappointed, obviously."

Leeds coach Brian McDermott admitted after that game that his team deserved to get beaten by the Dragons.

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