Leeds Rhinos head coach Rohan Smith insists his side will not go “into their shell” as they travel to Huddersfield Giants for a West Yorkshire derby on Friday evening (Match Betting – Huddersfield Giants 4/7, Leeds Rhinos 8/5, tie 20/1).
After losing at Salford Red Devils in Smith’s first game in charge, the Rhinos have won each of their last two.
Leeds downed Wakefield Trinity 24-6 at Headingley before last week pulling off a very impressive 40-4 win at Warrington Wolves.
The Warrington win in particular showcased some high-quality rugby and was the first glimpse of just how Smith’s side will play going into the future.
However, Friday will prove to be a tough test against the Challenge Cup runners up with Huddersfield having enjoyed an excellent season so far.
Ian Watson’s (pictured) side have built a reputation for being very tough and organised and they recovered well from the Cup defeat by beating Catalans Dragons away last week.
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However, Smith – whose side welcome back the injured duo Harry Newman and Alex Mellor to their squad – insists the Rhinos will try to assert themselves and play their own rugby.
“These guys understand that it takes hard work to get the results. We’re looking forward to a grinding battle,” Smith said.
“We’re not going to go into our shell; we’re going to play what we want to play.
“They are clearly a strong team, well-coached, they play with good teamwork and it looks like there’s a great deal of belief.”
Friday’s other Super League game sees Challenge Cup winners Wigan Warriors go to Salford Red Devils (Match Betting – Salford Red Devils 9/4, Wigan Warriors 4/11, tie 20/1) knowing that a win could potentially push them up to second.
Wigan were 32-12 winners at Castleford Tigers last week and face a Salford side who were thrashed 43-16 by Hull KR on Sunday.
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