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

Brian McDermott: "We weren't good enough"

Brian McDermott admits that Leeds Rhinos "weren't good enough" to beat Catalans Dragons in their Super League playoff elimination encounter.

Leeds Rhinos coach Brian McDermott has admitted that his side rightly deserved to lose their Super League playoff elimination match against Catalans Dragons earlier today.

The Challenge Cup winners, who went into the game on the back of five straight defeats, saw their season come to an end following a dramatic 24-20 reverse at Headingley.

"We weren't good enough at any period of that game to win it," Sporting Life quotes McDermott as saying. "I didn't think Catalans were great either but they were dogged throughout and exploited a couple of defensive weaknesses.

"They scored the try off Tom's error but that's not where the game was lost at all. We had at least another two defensive blunders and mediocre attack. We've been there for a while now and the players haven't been able to break out of it.

"They've been working really hard to try to turn things around but ultimately it's cost us at the end. We haven't quite hit our straps towards the back end of the year. We're not going to get to the Grand Final and it's really hard to take for everybody in the club."

Catalans will now face Huddersfield Giants in next Friday's preliminary semi-finals.

Carl Ablett of Leeds during the Super League Qualifying Semi Final match between Wigan Warriors and Leeds Rhinos at DW Stadium on September 27, 2013
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