Jones-Bishop looks for play-off improvement
By Josh Barrowcliff
Leeds Rhinos winger Ben Jones-Bishop is confident his side can put their play-off defeat to Warrington Wolves behind them and stay in contention for a sixth Super League triumph in seven years when they face St Helens in a repeat of the 2011 title decider at Headingly Carnegie Stadium on Friday (8.00pm).
The sides meet in the second of the Super League preliminary semi-finals on Friday night when Leeds will look to get back to winning ways following the 40-20 defeat to Warrington and the 25-year-old knows the Rhinos will need to be at their best if they are to keep their Grand Final hopes alive.
“We felt very good going into the Warrington game, especially after the win against Wigan but it just didn’t go right for us on the day,” said Jones-Bishop.
“We’re going to have to put in a big week to prepare for the game against St Helens and make sure we come out on the right side of the result.
“But for us to have senior blokes like Jamie Peacock and Kevin Sinfield in our team, who have been there and done it before, is a big boost as they’ve set the precedent. They lead and we follow and it’s all about the mind-set of do or die and being the most clinical team on the day and obviously we’ve managed to be that team in past years so hopefully we can be that team again.
“It won’t be easy but they’re all tough games at this stage of the season. The play-offs are a different type of intensity and pressure and everyone is capable of beating each other so you know you have to be on top in every match.”
Having been sidelined for over six months this year after discovering a blood clot in his lung at the back of the 2012 season, Jones-Bishop is overjoyed to be back in the game and would relish the chance to step out at Old Trafford on October 5.
“It’s great to be back playing and I’m just delighted to be on the pitch again,” he said.
“It was a very frustrating six months for me, especially with this being the Rugby League World Cup year as well, so it was a big blow but it’s great to be back and I’m enjoying every minute of it.
“It’s great to be out there and I just hope that I can keep doing my bit for the team and hopefully help us progress. Getting to the Grand Final again would be brilliant but we have a long way to go to get back to Old Trafford so we’ll just take it game by game for now.”
Tickets for the Super League play-off game between Leeds Rhinos and St Helens at Headingley Carnegie Stadium on Friday September 20 cost from £20 adult, £13 concession and £5 juniors and can be purchased by calling the Rhinos Ticket Office on 0871 423 1315.
Tickets for the 2013 Super League Grand Final at Manchester’s Old Trafford Stadium on Saturday October 5 (6.00pm) cost from just £20. Family tickets giving entry to two adults and two children are also available for £70 and can be purchased by visiting www.rugbyleaguetickets.co.uk or calling 0844 856 1113.
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