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Rhinos' McClennan eyes World Club win

22/02/2010 03:35:34 PM Comments (0)

If Melbourne watched a tape of Leeds' start to the English Super League season, they'd be liking their chances in next week's World Club Challenge.

However Rhinos coach Brian McClennan is confident his troops will deliver when it matters most against the Storm.

The reigning Super League champions have been far from their brilliant best in the opening exchanges of the season and they stuttered to a 22-10 win over a struggling Salford on Friday night.

The Rhinos have won two and lost two of their opening four games but former New Zealand coach McClennan is not panicking.

"It doesn't take much to turn it around," he said.

"If we hadn't been in many finals, I would be worried, but we know how to get things right on the night.

"We would like to have had a lot more cohesion but it was a hard start for us. Staying in a big, tough game is better than winning by a large score.

"Our timing is off but the beauty is we've got experience in big games."

Veteran centre Keith Senior scored twice while Kiwi Brent Webb and Ian Kirke also got in on the act for the Rhinos.

Salford coach Shaun McRae is backing Leeds to bounce back in style against the Storm next week.

"They'll have to improve on what I've seen so far but sometimes good sides just do that on the night," said the ex-South Sydney Rabbitohs coach.

"They've certainly got the attacking personnel to threaten the Melbourne Storm and their defence is pretty solid."

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