Richard Agar was happy with his side’s efforts in Leeds’ 18-10 loss to Castleford, but felt his side lacked energy and didn’t take their chances.
“I don’t think there was much in it, I thought our first 15 minutes we didn’t start great and we didn’t turn the ball over in a controlled or competitive way,” Agar stated.
“We did try and try until the end to try and snatch the game, it was a real old ding dong – we felt we were gaining momentum at parts, but I’m disappointed with the way we went 12-0 down.
“There was no lack of effort and commitment to winning that game, and I don’t think the game really flowed where either side really got into good shape.
“I thought Castleford defended their try line really well; Liam Sutcliffe nearly put Rhyse Martin away and Tom Briscoe nearly scored, but I’m proud of our effort and it was a real battle.”
Richie Myler was withdrawn from the playing squad at kick-off, but Agar says that the halfback-turned-fullback will miss more than just this fixture.
“Rich will miss a couple of weeks, we’ve got nine blokes out at the moment and there’s a fair bit of strike and cutting edge missing.
“I thought our forwards tried incredibly hard and there were times when I thought if we could find a little bit more energy we could have got back into it, but we didn’t find that.
Kyle Eastmond has still yet to make his competitive debut for Leeds, but the Rhinos boss was happy with how Jack Broadbent fared in the number one position.
“If we could have put Kyle in, we would have; obviously Jack Walker and Ash Handley would have been fullback if Richie wasn’t there, so we’re down to our fourth choice fullback.
“But, Jack brought a lot of energy to the team and really rolled his sleeves up and made some nice touches.
“The outside back situation won’t be changed, but Ash Handley and Konrad will be the first players back.”