Not for the first time this season Leeds Rhinos made more than enough chances to win the game against Salford Red Devils last night but once again they failed to execute them.
There were a number in either half however one of them could be considered controversial given that one Leeds player was adamant he had scored.
Leeds made a lovely break, one of a number during the game, and then attacked down the short side with James Bentley cutting back in, twisting in the tackle and attempting to ground it.
However, referee Jack Smith ruled a knock on and the try was denied.
But Rohan Smith revealed that Bentley believed he had scored: “Bit of personal discipline with the ball. Bentley thought he got the ball down and that was an error.”
That try perhaps could have been the difference for the Rhinos but in the end it was other errors that let Leeds down both in terms of knock ons and penalties.
Smith would emphasise this point himself saying: “The ones in the tackle today hurt us and we didn’t apply enough pressure to Salford who made their opportunities count.”
For Leeds it gets no easier. Their next three games see them play last year’s top two with two games against Challenge Cup holders Wigan Warriors as well as a meeting with Super League and World Champions St Helens.