Widnes 23 Leeds 6: Vikings hand Rhinos first Super League defeat of the season
The champions, who lost the World Club Challenge in Melbourne last weekend, were missing 12 key players.
But McDermott said: “We have not been down a mine digging coal, it is not the worst in the world - we have been in Australia.
“It would have had an effect in that I wasn’t expecting a 10 out of 10 performance but I will not expect anything below par.
“It would be flippant not to recognise that we have got some players out but it was still a disappointing loss.”
Leeds were up against it with so many fringe players in the side but they were still in with a shout with 10 minutes to go.
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