Hardaker not giving up on Rhinos season


Zak Hardaker insists Leeds Rhinos can still secure silverware this season despite a dismal opening to their 2016 campaign.

Last year was a trophy-laden one for the club, as they claimed the treble of League Leaders' Shield, Super League and Challenge Cup crowns.

The Rhinos' pre-season plans were thrown into chaos when heavy rain just after Christmas caused the flooding of their Kirkstall training base.

And their on-field fortunes have dipped remarkably, with Brian McDermott's side sitting bottom of the Super League table with just three wins from the opening 13 rounds.

But Hardaker remains optimistic he and his team-mates can turn their season around and climb into play-off contention.

"When you look at the table, from where we are now to sixth, seventh and eighth, it's not that far," he told Omnisport.

"It's a couple of wins on the bounce, obviously you need a bit of a rub of the green and some of those teams to lose which would be fantastic.

"It's one of those where we need to keep turning up Monday, focusing on the week ahead and trying to get the two points at the end of the week.

"There's been a different approach because we've lost all of the training facilities, so that approach has gone straight out of the window.

"The goal at the start of that season was to finish in the top four to try and win the league, to win the Challenge Cup, to hopefully win the treble again. It's just not happened this year, but there's still something to get out of this year."

The Rhinos' defence of the Challenge Cup begins at Huddersfield Giants - a place above them in the table - on Friday.