McDermott: Rhinos will bounce back

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Brian McDermott knows his Leeds side have to forget their Cup final defeat
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Brian McDermott knows his Leeds side have to forget their Cup final defeat

Leeds coach Brian McDermott is confident his side will not suffer a Wembley hangover when they take on Salford in Stobart Super League at Headingley on Friday.

The Rhinos are still smarting from last Saturday's 35-18 loss to Warrington, a third consecutive Challenge Cup final defeat that earned them an unwanted place in history.

McDermott's men are currently sitting fifth in the league table but, with two games left of the regular season, can finish finish anywhere from third to sixth, and the boss said: "I haven't a preference, although playing at home would be nice. There's no real strategy. We've just got to make sure that, for the next six games, we're as good as we've been all year, if not better."

Half-back Danny McGuire is still a fortnight away from making his return from a knee injury but second rower Jamie Jones-Buchanan is set to face Salford despite suffering cartilage damage in the Cup final.

"It's amazing what physios can do nowadays," McDermott said. "They pushed the cartilage back in and he's ready to go."

St Helens, last year's Grand Final runners-up, can effectively secure a top-four finish if they beat a rejuvenated London Broncos.

"We want to sign off the League programme at Langtree Park well but it will be a tough game," warned Saints acting head coach Mike Rush. "We still need the points to finish in the four and getting four points will likely see us finishing third.

"There is still a lot to play for and we have to make sure we keep on winning."

London have won their last three matches to give themselves real hope of avoiding the wooden spoon and they have promising utility back Dan Sarginson back from an ankle injury.

Broncos' newly-appointed head coach Tony Rea said: "Dan has been very diligent in his rehab and got himself back for the final two games. He now needs to transfer that same energy into the game."

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