“To ask me that within five minutes of the game” – Richard Agar shoots down question over “hunger” as Leeds Rhinos coach

A dark cloud sits over the top of Leeds Rhinos at the moment as they tonight lost for the fifth time in six games to start the season leaving Head Coach Richard Agar in a tough spot.

The Rhinos did pull themselves out of a similar hole last year, but this year the performances are somewhat more worrying with no injury crisis to blame as there was last term.

After tonight’s game, with questions being raised over Agar’s future, the Leeds boss admitted it wasn’t good enough from his team but shot down a question over whether he had the hunger to dig Leeds out of this hole.

“It’s a difficult one at this moment in time,” he told Sky Sports’ Jenna Brooks, “I thought we worked hard, playing with 12 men is hard. We worked hard to overcome that. Obviously there’s a really big momentum changer towards the end of the game.

“We couldn’t quite stick to it and turn the ball over on our terms. We’re kicking the ball away on the fourth tackle when we were down to 12.”

When asked if it was acceptable, Agar said: “No, not whatsoever. The manner of our performances have clearly not been good enough.”

But when it was questioned if he still had the hunger needed, he said: “I think to ask me that within five minutes of the game, we’re clearly disappointed and upset. It’s been a really poor start to the season. We’ll speak to the staff and we’ll speak to the boys and see how they’re feeling and go from there.

“I think there’s a good enough squad here for sure.”

Skipper Kruise Leeming spoke to Sky shortly after his coach and stated that he and his teammates were “100 %” behind him and said “the club backs him.”

Agar certainly has a big hole to dig Leeds out of, but he has done it before.

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