12th July 2018, 10:11 | Leeds

Moon confident Rhinos will improve

Moon confident Rhinos will improve

Can Leeds make it a happy homecoming for Sinfield when they host Wakefield on Friday?

Sinfield was unable to arrest the reigning champions’ decline in his first match in charge at Castleford Tigers last Sunday and that has raised the stakes for the visit of Wakefield, one of three games left for the Rhinos to climb out of the bottom four and avoid a relegation battle via the Super 8s Qualifiers.

Moon has welcomed the appointment of the former captain as director of rugby but says the players are ready to play their part in turning around the club’s ailing fortunes.

“It’s been a difficult week, with the coach leaving and Kevin and Jimmy Lowes coming in but it’s been good,” said Moon. “I think we needed a bit of a freshen-up.

“We didn’t want to lose like that to Cas. There are things that we need to change and we’ve got to work on them now.

“That’s what we’re doing. We’ve had a good session in the video room and some boys have been real honest and that’s what we need.

“We can change it, it’s not going to be hard to turn it around.

“It’s going to click soon and hopefully it clicks this week because we don’t want to run out of time.”

Leeds have not won at Headingley since April but Wakefield will be equally desperate for the points after winning just one of their last four matches.

Moon added: “Every team wants to beat Leeds, especially Wakefield. They’ve seen our form and know what our weaknesses are.

“That middle is a bit tight, the next three games are crucial for us.”

A Leeds victory would condemn Salford Red Devils to a place in the Super 8s Qualifiers if they fail to beat Castleford at the AJ Bell Stadium.

The Red Devils have slipped into deep trouble after winning just one of their last seven matches while Castleford have a chance to consolidate a top-four spot.

In Friday’s other game, leaders St Helens will be aiming for a third win of the season over Hull FC when they take on Lee Radford’s men at the KCOM Stadium.

Hull have dropped out of the top four after losing three of their last four matches and are in danger of becoming cut adrift.