Zeb Taia has warned champions St Helens to be ready for the scrap of the lives in the new shortened season.
Saints take on Leeds today knowing that a defeat will leave them in mid table and adrift of the play-offs spots.
But there is little margin for error with only 14 games remaining, including today, before the top four fight it out for a Grand Final spot.
Saints lost three games before lockdown and back rower Taia said: “We cannot afford to drop any points with there being fewer games now.
“Leeds have got strike all over the park. But it’s simple – we need to run harder and tackler harder than them.
“There are a lot of good teams and everyone will be fighting for the top four so it’s going to be interesting.
“Coaches need to be smarter with rotating players because there are going to be two matches a week later in the season.”
Saints smashed Catalans last week, while Leeds staged a stunning fightback to beat Huddersfield in extra time.
Leeds full back Richie Myler said: “We need to be a lot better and fix up a lot of things because Saints are a quality side.”
Rhinos forward James Donaldson has been ruled out after fracturing his back in the win over the Giants.
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