Leeds scrum-half Richie Myler believes the Rhinos are close to putting together a complete 80 minutes as they look to get back to winning ways at Catalans on Saturday (Catalans 4/7, Leeds 13/8, tie 18/1 – Match Odds).
Following Huddersfield’s win over Hull KR on Friday night, Leeds find themselves bottom of the Betfred Super League table after losing six of their opening seven matches.
They were stunned by London Broncos at Headingley last week and now travel to the south of France, where they have tended to struggle in the past.
The West Yorkshire outfit are still adapting to life under head coach Dave Furner, while injuries have also interrupted their bid to get a rhythm going.
However, Myler feels Leeds have played well in spells, with their sole victory of the season at Salford and the opening half an hour against St Helens demonstrating what they are capable of when it clicks.
Myler, who will make his 300th career appearance at the Gilbert Brutus, says the work is being put in behind the scenes to try and put an end to their inconsistencies in their latest Betfred Super League clash.
“We just need to perform now and produce the goods,” the ex-Dragon told the Yorkshire Evening Post. “It comes down to consistency and how we are at crucial points of the game. We need to nail those points and we won’t be too far off.
“We need to give ourselves more chance in a game, rather than hurting ourselves all the time or throwing games away. That’s the frustrating part, we have shown in glimpses we can be a very talented side. We just need to play for 80 minutes and we need to produce.”
Leeds are boosted by the return of skipper Kallum Watkins for Saturday’s game following a knee injury. However, Adam Cuthberston misses out once more with an ankle issue.
Catalans, who are four points and three places better off than the Rhinos, could hand a debut to 6ft 5in forward Sam Kasiano, but Greg Bird, Sam Moa and Benjamin Jullien are all out through injury.
Betfred are offering a Betfred Super League boost for Saturday’s game with Sam Tomkins and Tom Briscoe 6/1 to both score a try.
Odds subject to change.