Golding not ruling out League Leaders Shield triumph

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Leeds Rhinos full-back Ashton Golding says the West Yorkshire club aren’t just settling for second-place in the Super 8s.

With Brian McDermott’s men currently eight points shy of the table-topping Castleford Tigers, it will take a big turnaround for the Rhinos to steal top spot.

However, Leeds will be wanting to keep Cas wary of their presence and Golding wants to turn that into a run for the League Leaders Shield.

“Weirder things have happened in sport,” Golding told the Yorkshire Evening Post about the possibility of Leeds finishing top of the league.

“That’s our goal, we’re not just trying to secure second.

“We are pushing and we want to keep Cas on their toes and maybe we can do something remarkable.”

Leeds put in a brilliant performance against Wigan on Friday, defeating the Warriors 32-16 at Headingley.

Golding scored twice while forward Stevie Ward bagged a hat-trick as the Rhinos got back to winning ways following Challenge Cup heartache against Hull a week prior.

The full-back was ecstatic with the response from his side.

“The boys put it in for the full 80,” he added.

“It was really impressive. In some games we’ve put it in for 40 and some games 60, but that was a good full 80.

“There were some hurting men out there and they put their bodies on the line and kept going.

“That’s the real Leeds. We said we needed a response after the semi-final and what a way to respond.”