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Burrow praised by McDermott

Salisbury Journal: Brian McDermott, pictured, praised the 'influential' Rob Burrow Brian McDermott, pictured, praised the 'influential' Rob Burrow

Leeds coach Brian McDermott paid tribute to long-serving half-back Rob Burrow after he led the Rhinos to a 54-6 win over London Broncos on his 350th Super League appearance.

The 5ft 5in Burrow, who captained the side in the absence of the rested Kevin Sinfield, capped an impressive display on his landmark appearance with the last of his side's 10 tries from a trademark darting run.

"What a career Rob has had and what an influential player he has been," McDermott said. "He'll continue to be influential.

"The role he plays with us he adapts it here and there but he's still very effective and that last try he scored he has been doing that for years. Those jinky little runs are hard to defend.

"He's not the biggest in the world and he cops for a lot of punishment. He gets battered around but he's a game fella."

England international Ryan Hall celebrated his new five-year contract with a first-half hat-trick and fellow winger Ben Jones-Bishop scored two tries for the second successive week as Leeds went top of the table, at least for 48 hours, with a predictable victory.

They are now a point ahead of St Helens, their next opponents who first meet Wakefield on Sunday, and McDermott insists there is more to come from his unbeaten side.

"We're not the finished article yet," he said. "We play Saints next week and we've a lot of things in our game we need to fix up."

It was one-way traffic throughout the first half but the Broncos produced a spirited second-half display to keep the score in check and McDermott, a former London coach, believes his old club will not wait too long for their first win of the season.

"I didn't think we ran though London with ease," he said. "I thought they were dogged throughout.

"We were too fast maybe in the outside backs but I don't think physically we blew them off the park and credit to London for that. They gave us a bit of a test.

"They will get somebody this year. They troubled us with some of their plays. We were so focused because we didn't want to be the first team to get beat by them.

"I think they'll go on a bit of a run this year."

London coach Tony Rea refused to take any encouragement from his side's improved showing after the break, when they trailed 34-0.

"I'm not really interested in a hollow victory in the second half," he said.

"We're not kidding ourselves. We don't want pats on the back for being a little bit better than bad.

"We came here to do a job and we didn't do it. I'm really disappointed with what we came up with tonight."

The Londoners' misery was compounded by the loss of forward Atelea Vea with a suspected damaged spleen on only his second appearance in Super League.

"He's gone to hospital," Rea said. "They're checking on his ribs."

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