Brian McDermott has praised his Leeds Rhinos players after their 50-24 victory over Salford Red Devils at the AJ Bell Stadium yesterday.
The Rhinos boss hailed his side’s commitment and also said that fear had a part to play in Leeds’ superb performance.
Leeds ran in nine tries and were on great form, with Tom Briscoe scoring a brace while young star Jack Walker also got on the scoresheet in the dying embers of the clash.
“I thought we were outstanding in the first half and very committed in the second half, but Salford made more of a contest of it in the second half,” McDermott told the Yorkshire Evening Post.
“Sometimes when we’ve had a chance of going top of the table for a 48-hour period or certainly second we’ve not quite grasped it in the past.
“We talked about that beforehand and we looked very focused in that first half.
“It is not a false position for Salford, we knew they were a good team and sometimes you’ve got to fear the opposition to bring out the best in you.
“We certainly were on our guard building up for this game. We know they can be extremely good and they showed a fair bit of fight in the second half.”