Rohan Smith responds to fan chants

Leeds Rhinos are still in the battle for the play offs with Warrington Wolves, Hull KR and Salford Red Devils but after their 50-0 defeat to Wigan Warriors it is almost impossible.

That defeat was a real low for the club who continue to play second fiddle to the rivals they used to top season on season back in the golden generation.

After the game, Rohan Smith said on Sky Sports:

“Clearly disappointing. The players have put a lot of effort in today. It was a good arm wrestle opening period I thought but got beaten with a punch a little bit on a couple of kick plays.

“The video ref one that went a long way. A lot of replays on that one. But we were second best against a very, very strong Wigan team.

“I thought there’s a lot of players in our group that are doing their best for the team at the moment and trying hard, playing out of position or playing more minutes than was expected. The blokes in that group are tight and together, despite lack in execution today in key moments.

“That was today’s performance. We’ve had a lot of close games for pretty much all year. We played against an opposition that were a bit of firing.

“As I said, a lot of our players have been to a place where they haven’t been before this year. Some of them are getting asked to play in a new position or more minutes, bigger role, given the people that have departed.

“There’s a lot of spirit in that group and they’re a proud group and we’ll start again and build up to have good performance next week.”

He also addressed fans singing “you’re not fit to wear the shirt.”

He said: “The fans have been great this year, both home and away. The travelling support has been phenomenal. The crowds here and the atmosphere here, it’s been great all year.

“The crowd are entitled to be disappointed and upset today that we didn’t make it more of a contest on the scoreboard. But you look at that full strength Wigan team and how they’ve been playing and how the season’s rolling and all the obstacles we’ve had with a very young team today.

“You’re going to have some rough days with young players, but it’s the only way you learn. It’s the only way you get better. It’s the only way you build a team, is to have some tough days.”