Rugby League - Anderson: Room for improvement

Huddersfield coach Paul Anderson watched his side complete a third win of the season over champions Leeds and insisted they can get better.

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Huddersfield coach Paul Anderson is looking for an improved performance against Catalan on Friday

Anderson's men bounced back from their surprise defeat at Hull KR a week before the international break to gain a 40-18 win over the Rhinos at the John Smith's Stadium to keep in touch with Super League leaders Wigan.

"I'm happy with that," Anderson said. "We came up against a team with a lot of people missing but they've been playing, whereas we've had some time off and everybody is a bit rusty. So there are some cohesion things we need to fix up and that's why I'm looking forward to playing Catalan on Friday because I know we can be better."

Hooker Shaun Lunt, who was a member of Leeds' Grand Final-winning team last October, continued his remarkable scoring run, touching down twice to take his try tally for the season to 18, but the architect of Huddersfield's fifth consecutive win over the Rhinos was skipper Danny Brough.

The in-form stand-off kicked superbly out of hand and landed six of his seven conversion attempts while Anderson was also delighted with the running game of his captain.

"We had some talks in the break we had and that was one of the things we encouraged him to do," Anderson said. "He must have had his best running game of the year so far."

Leeds had eight regulars missing through injury or suspension and they lost England second rower Jamie Jones-Buchanan with a knee injury after only eight minutes. However, stand-off Liam Sutcliffe, one of three 18-year-olds in the side, underlined his huge promise with two well-taken tries in an impressive display.

"He's not looking out of place at this level but in the whole scheme of things we finished up a losing team," said Rhinos coach Brian McDermott. "The young fellas are getting experience but you don't want it to be at the expense of results. You want to be able to give them game time and feed them into the team.

"I thought the game might have come down to fatigue but it came to concentration lapses near our try line. I thought they were defendable tries that we conceded."

McDermott is hoping centre Kallum Watkins and prop Kylie Leuluai will be back for next Sunday's trip to Widnes but fears he could be losing the services of Jones-Buchanan for a considerable time. "He's looking at a lengthy lay-off," he said. "We'll have it checked out but the initial symptoms aren't looking good."

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