Hurrell praises Rhinos’ “never say die” attitude

Leeds Rhinos centre Konrad Hurrell praised his side’s determination after they fought back to beat Huddersfield 27-26 on Sunday night.

The Rhinos trailed 26-6 with only 15 minutes remaining, however an unbelievable fightback saw the game sent to golden point, before Luke Gale slotted a 35-yard drop goal to snatch the victory.

Tongan international Hurrell scored two tries, one of which tied the game in the last two minutes, and credited his side’s resolve and inability to surrender.

“It was a great comeback by the lads. You never say die in rugby league. It is an 80 minute game,” he said. “We did not lose faith, we kept on fighting and it was fantastic to claim such a crucial win.

“At half-time, Richard (Agar) was not happy at all but he still had a lot of confidence in us.

“He sent out the message for us to get on top of them but we still started slow and as a result, they scored a couple more tries.

Luke Gale’s golden point drop goal saw Leeds snatch a 27-26 win over Huddersfield. Credit: Mark Cosgrove/News Images

“But credit to the boys for not surrendering and when we got a try back through Luke Gale, it gave us the sniff we needed and we did not look back from there.”

The win sees the Rhinos now sit top of the Super League table with five wins and a game in hand.

Next up is arguably their toughest challenge yet – a visit from reigning champions St Helens – but it’s a game Hurrell is excited for.

He added. “St Helens will be a tough test for us. I watched their first half against Catalans Dragons and I thought they looked impressive.

“We have to come back much fiercer when we face them, otherwise they will simply run off with the game.

“We are more than capable of taking them on, it should be an entertaining match and I am confident we can carry on our winning run against them.”

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