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Adrian Lam reacts to “unacceptable” Leigh Leopards performance

The Leigh Leopards more than played their part in a night of emotional tributes to Rob Burrow, as the Leopards travelled to Headingley to face the Leeds Rhinos. Leeds eventually won the game 18-10, thanks in no small part to an inspired display from Brodie Croft.

Croft scored two magnificent first-half tries as the Rhinos raced into a 12-0 first-half lead. The Leopards produced a much improved second half to push the Rhinos close, but a number of brilliant try-saving tackles held the Leopards up over the line on multiple occasions as Leeds’ defence held firm.

The Leigh fans and players more than played their part in the tributes to Burrow. The Leigh squad warmed up in training gear with “Burrow 7” on the back and the Leigh fans unfurled a huge banner on several occasions with a tribute to Burrow on the front.

It was a difficult task for the Leopards to face a revved-up Leeds side in an emotionally charged encounter. Speaking in the aftermath of the game, Leigh coach, Adrian Lam, has reflected on the impact those emotions had on his side’s performance.

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Lam brands Leigh Leopards’ performance as “not good enough”

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Speaking in his post-match press conference on Leopards TV, Lam was critical of how his Leigh side handled the emotions on a difficult night. Leigh started slow in the first half, allowing Leeds to take an unassailable lead. Lam revealed that he reacted angrily with his players at halftime. Lam said:

“Yeah, we focused all week on how important the start was going to be because of the emotion that the Rhinos would have been attached to with the Rob Burrow tribute. I just thought we messed that up completely in that first half. It was just not good enough.

“I yelled at the team at half-time there and we came out a completely different side in that second half. That’s the club and team we need to be moving forward. So obviously frustrated with that but that will make us better with what’s left of the season.

The result leaves Leigh with an uphill struggle to make the playoffs, they are five points off the play-off spots, with the Catalans Dragons still to play.

Lam believes Leopards must improve on first-half performance

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Despite what Lam called an unacceptable performance in the first-half, he was grateful for their improved second-half performance which nearly saw them drag themselves back into the game. Lam he believes Leigh showed great courage and determination in trying to get back into the game.

“It’s important we make sure that we address tonight and that first 40 minutes. It’s unacceptable and I’m disappointed with that. I’m grateful I guess at the courage and determination we showed in that second half to try and get back into that game.

Lam also confirmed that Leigh will welcome back a number of key players in the coming weeks as they look to fight their way back into the playoff picture.

“We’ll have a week off and then we’ll welcome back players like John Asiata and Robbie Mulhern, Gaz O’Brien and Ollie Holmes back in for selection against Wigan. So, that’s the other positive we’ve got to look forward to and, you know, we’ve just got to make sure that we, you know, stay focused.”

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  1. Bill Friar

    June 22, 2024 at 9:15 pm

    Leigh were not at their best, but as soon as the supporters saw the ref they knew Leigh had lost.

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