Justin Poore says the Wildcats can take a lot of positives out of the way they pushed the Champions all the way on Friday night.
Trinity were under the cosh for large parts of the game but put in one of their strongest defensive efforts of the season to restrict the Rhinos to just four tries.
A late Frankie Mariano try in addition to earlier scores for Andy Raleigh and Ali Lauitiiti meant the game hung in the balance in the final two minutes until one error too many saw the game finally slip away.
Whilst disappointed with the loss, Poore says there were plenty of positives to take into next Friday’s rematch at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium.
“Our effort was outstanding, but it always is,” said the big Australian.
“I don’t think we’ve ever gone on the field this year bar round one, where everyone hasn’t stood out and done their job. I just think we didn’t hold the ball as much as we should have and didn’t attack as good as we could have.
“In saying that, Leeds are one of the benchmark teams and to play the way we did tonight, we should take a lot of positives out of it.
“The boys really put in that first half because they had a lot of ball. They had seven more sets than us and it really does take a toll on you. We ran out of troops too. Andy Raleigh went off and Kirmo got hurt so the boys played big minutes. But credit to the boys, we had a game plan we didn’t quite follow, but whilst we disappointed that we lost we’ve got them next week at home and hopefully we can get them then.”
Attention almost immediately turns to the next meeting between the two clubs next Friday night at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium. With the game enjoying such a dramatic finish it’s sure to be one of the hottest tickets in town and Poroe says the players will be raring to go to make up for the defeat.
“A loss is a loss. It doesn’t matter if you get beat by 50 or get beat by one. We need to keep climbing that ladder because we really want to make the play-offs and I think we’ve got the team to do it. We’ve got to take the positives out, go to the drawing board and start again.
“It’s another Friday night game so it should be good. The boys will be up for it. We’ve got a few boys with bumps and bruises so we’ll get them right and be ready to go again come Friday.
“It’s a good club. Wherever we play they’re always at our backs making a heap of noise and it’s great to play for a club that’s got such passionate supporters.”
Tickets are available for the game in the Wildcats retail outlet at the Ridings Centre this weekend and with a big crowd expected, supporters are advised to purchase in advance.
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