Leeds Rhinos interim coach Richard Agar is demanding more effort from his players as they go in search of a crucial win against Castleford Tigers in the Betfred Super League this evening (Match Betting – Leeds 13/8, Draw 20/1, Castleford 8/15).

Agar admitted to being disappointed with the effort of his players as they crashed out of the Challenge Cup against Championship outfit Bradford Bulls, and says there can be no repeat at Headingley on Thursday.

Just two points separate Leeds from the bottom three and Agar is well aware that if his side are to start picking up crucial wins, the effort has to improve.

“We need to get our effort right,” he said. “You can have all the best gameplans and systems, but if you’re not going to underpin it with effort, any system or tactics are a bit irrelevant.”

The Tigers are on a poor run of form themselves, having lost their last four matches, and were also dumped out of the Cup last week when losing to Hull FC, but Agar is wary of the threat they possess.

“I still think they are a good team,” Agar warned. “They have got some personnel missing, but they still move the ball about really well.

“They have got enough quality and, despite not getting the wins, you can see they are not too far away.”

Leeds will have to do without the injured Konrad Hurrell, who limped out of the Bradford defeat with a hamstring injury, but Richie Myler, Brad Singleton and James Donaldson all return.

Castleford have been boosted by the news Paul McShane and Grant Millington return from injury and will play a part tonight (McShane 28/1 – To score first try).

Odds subject to change.