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Last Friday it was nice to see Brian McDermott standing tall at Odsal, instead of hunkered in the coach’s dugout like he usually is. His mere presence at Leeds has been excruciating for many of the faithful who’ve been baffled by his ongoing employment in the last couple of weeks. However credit is where it’s due and I must thank McDermott and the coaching team for averting the pernicious nonsense that has been a common place so far this season.
Like most I want this McDermott and Lowes era to be one to saviour rather than one to forget. I doubt that there was anyone at the start of the season that objected Gary Hetherington’s decision to appoint them. It was a great chance for two underdogs to succeed where they have failed in their careers so far. Whether it's blind faith, or logical genius, on Gary’s behalf will surely come clear towards the end of this term.
On paper we still have some of the best players that have ever graced Superleague with their presence. Captains of other teams aren’t even fit to lace the boots of our Kevin Sinfield. Not many in this league even deserve to be playing on the same field as Jamie Peacock. Other frequent try scorers can only dream of scoring tries as elegant as Danny McGuire’s. Danny Buderus has more class in his small finger than some of the other number nines in the league have in their whole bodies.
Beating Crusaders on Monday means that Leeds Rhinos have finally clawed the way out of the inevitable oblivion of doom they were facing prior to this Easter period. Let’s just hope that we march onto glory from here on in.