Leeds ended their four-match losing run by twice coming from behind to claim a 42-24 derby triumph over Castleford but coach Brian McDermott was unimpressed by his side's performance.
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The Tigers twice let the lead slip but threatened to complete a first Super League double over the Rhinos when they closed the gap to 28-24 with Craig Huby's try on 67 minutes only for the champions to run in two tries in the last seven minutes through Ian Kirke and Joel Moon to clinch victory.
"I don't think it was a great performance," McDermott said. "Tonight doesn't fix everything up."
Centre Jimmy Keinhorst grabbed a hat-trick of tries on his first appearance for four months as a replacement for the injured Kallum Watkins while 18-year-old winger Thomas Minns enjoyed a fairytale debut with the game's first try after four minutes.
Keinhorst, a Leeds-born Germany international, has been playing for part-time neighbours Hunslet since being dropped in March and McDermott conceded he may have blundered by not bringing him back earlier.
"Jimmy did really well," McDermott said. "I'm pleased for him. We've always been confident in Jimmy, who has obviously been waiting for that chance. Maybe the coach should have used him earlier than this.
"Thomas Minns scored a try which would be a dream come true for him so it's good for the juniors."
Leeds, who earlier in the day ruled out Danny McGuire for the rest of the season, suffered more injury woe when prop Kylie Leuluai went off after only two minutes with a twisted knee, while fellow forwards Jamie Jones-Buchanan and Brett Delaney are also doubtful for next week's origin game between England and the Exiles after picking up knocks.
Former England captain Jamie Peacock provided some respite when he made his comeback from a knee injury earlier than expected and produced a 68-minute performance packed with power and creativity.
"He's come back at least two weeks earlier than we expected and he would have played the full 80 minutes had we left him on," McDermott said. "He was immense."
Castleford played their part in a high-class match, with Rangi Chase a constant threat with his dazzling ball-handling skills and former Leeds player Jordan Tansey scoring two of their four tries.
"We were in the game for large periods," said Tigers coach Daryl Powell. "I just thought we gave a little bit too much away and, when the game goes quick, Leeds have the players that can punish you.
"The scoreline was a bit harsh but that's Super League. If you clock off, you end up conceding points.
"I thought we created so many chances in the first half but I felt they always had us just at arm's length.
"We got them a bit twitchy when we got to within four points but we couldn't go on. We've got to learn some lessons and cut down on our errors."