Leeds Rhinos went down 34-12 to Wigan Warriors tonight, but that result never looked like coming in the opening 20 minutes.
Leeds were on the front foot and took a 6-0 lead, but were then subject to a Wigan onslaught in which they scored 28 unanswered points.
Rhinos’ head coach Richard Agar bemoaned his side’s performance – especially the way in which his players defended.
“I thought first 20-25 minutes we looked like we had a real contest on our hands,” Agar told Sky Sports after the game.
“But, after Liam Tindall’s break when he was put in touch on the first tackle and then we made an error coming out of yardage, there was a shift, we sensed a little bit at half-time that we weren’t getting much response.
“Defensively we were so far off the mark, lacking in line speed and intensity – it was a really flat poor defensive performance.
“I thought we had some really poor individual performances and some errors that you wouldn’t get away with against any team – it was a poor showing.”
Agar hinted at possible changes for next week’s fixture, but revealed he wouldn’t be rushed into making them as two of his stars exited the field.
“We’ve got some guys that were a little bit miffed that they weren’t getting selected this week and from today’s performance some guys are trying to play their way out of the team, but we will see.”
“Ash’s (Handley) hip had tightened up and Cameron (Smith) had a back issue.”