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McClennan confident Leeds can ride Storm

20/02/2010 11:29:24 AM Comments (0)

Leeds coach Brian McClennan was in upbeat mood ahead of next week's World Club Challenge against Melbourne Storm after the Super League champions beat Salford 22-10 at Headingley on Friday.

The Rhinos went into the match on the back of two straight defeats but saw veteran Keith Senior score two tries to maintain his record of scoring in all 15 seasons of Super League.

Victory, however, came at a cost with Leeds wing Scott Donald suffering a shoulder injury as Salford's third defeat from as many games sent them to the bottom of the table.

"We would like to have had a lot more cohesion but it was a hard hit-out for us," said McClennan.

"Staying in a big, tough game is better than winning by a large score," the New Zealander added.

"Our timing is off but the beauty is we've got experience in big games, we know how to play in big games. If we hadn't been in lots of finals, I would be worried."

Already missing Brett Delaney and Carl Ablett, Leeds face an anxious wait to discover the extent of the injury to Donald, who was their only tryscorer in their 11-4 win over Melbourne two years ago.

"Scotty has jarred his shoulder," said McClennan.

"Our medical staff will review him tomorrow and Monday. Then we'll have an idea. At this stage I don't know whether he's doubtful or not."

In Friday's other Super League match, Bradford stopped the rot with a 41-22 win over Yorkshire rivals Castleford.

The Bulls had gone into their third fixture of the campaign winless after two defeats but ran in seven tries against the Tigers.

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