Leeds Rhinos Head Coach Richard Agar called his side’s start to the game “really poor” after their 40-6 defeat against St Helens.
That defeat has left the Rhinos with work to do if they are to seal a playoff place. Agar went on to describe their start as like “rabbits in the headlights.”
He said: “Our start to the game was really poor. We were like rabbits in the headlights.
“If you tip your toe in the pond at a place like this, then you have it coming. We just really struggled with the big fellas through the middle.
“My main concern was we were not doing it as a team. It became really individual, and the ruck became way, way, way too quick.
“You know when you play a side like St Helens, you know they will start massive on you. You have to weather that storm early on in the hope you can get up later. We had had simply no answer to it early doors.
“Our defensive effort was better in the second half, but the game had well and truly gone before that.”