Kevin Sinfield insists Leeds Rhinos are not the finished article, despite maintaining their unbeaten Qualifiers run at London Broncos. Joel Moon’s hat-trick helped the visitors establish a commanding 48-10 lead with less than a quarter of the match to go.
The hosts, who finished second in the Rugby League Championship, ran them close late on with 22 unanswered points as the match finished 48-32 to the Rhinos.
Director of rugby Sinfield, who took the reins when head coach Brian McDermott was sacked in July, is refusing to get carried away by what he has seen from the team since his return to the Headingley club.
“We’ve come a long way in a short period of time but we’ve still got a lot of work to do,” he said.
The Rhinos led 28-6 at half-time, thanks to five scores including Moon’s treble, and crossed the whitewash three further times to establish a 38-point advantage with 17 minutes to play.
The Broncos broke through to score four further tries without reply to leave Leeds wobbling.
However, Leeds now join Salford at the top of the Qualifiers table on maximum points with the two still boasting the only 100% records.
One potential sour note for Sinfield was the loss of Ashton Golding to injury late on.