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Rohan Smith explains why Leeds Rhinos lost to Salford Red Devils

Leeds Rhinos head coach Rohan Smith

Leeds Rhinos have suffered back to back defeats following a 22-12 defeat to Salford Red Devils.

Ill-discipline and errors seemed to let the Rhinos down but what did Rohan Smith make of the defeat.

When asked after the game, after a very lengthy pause, Smith said cited rushes of blood as key to Leeds’ demise:

“It is a difficult one to process. We had a few rushes of blood defensively that hurt us but overall I thought we defended well,” he said.

“We played like a team in attack but overall didn’t maintain possession enough to fully go on with it.

“We were playing against an good team that find a way to scramble. A good game of footy I thought.”

He also addressed the errors Leeds made in possession:

“Bit of personal discipline with the ball. Bentley thought he got the ball down and that was an error.

“We had a short side opportunity, it was a forward pass and that one was probably correctly called.

“The crowd roared a lot for forward passes today I thought.

“The ones in the tackle today hurt us and we didn’t apply enough pressure to Salford who made their opportunities count.”

Two of Salford’s three tries tonight came when Leeds were down to 12 men after a Blake Austin sin bin.

Smith had no complaints about it however: “It was very costly, it appeared live to me that it was a sin bin.”

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