Deflated Workington Town coach Leon Pryce admitted the occasion got to his side as Leeds Rhinos won the fifth round Coral Challenge Cup clash convincingly on Friday night.

Pryce said the opening few minutes proved too much for his side and said there were areas that need addressed before they take on local rivals Whitehaven in League 1 on Friday.

Leeds ran in four tries in the first 10 minutes before Workington settled back into the game at Headingley but in the end they went down 78-6 at the hands of the Super League outfit.

"I thought the occasion got to us a little bit too much," said Pryce. "I thought we came out and looked like we were startled in the headlights for the first 15 minutes.

"And I think some of the tries were pretty soft in reality, regardless if you are playing against Leeds or West Bowling or Siddal.

"Some things are acceptable and some things are not and I think some of the one on one tackling in the first 10 or 15 minutes was just poor.

"And then once they realised that they are just normal players and got themselves into the game I thought we had a period of doing well."

Town did have a blow just ahead of the clash when skipper Ollie Wilkes pulled up in the warm-up and had to be replaced in the team sue to a calf problem.

Pryce admitted that was not a great start for his side but he said he was not out to make excuses for the scoreboard.

"Losing Ollie was definitely a disruption for us as he's a leader so losing him in the warm up was massive," he added.

"But overall I don't really want to concede 78 points, its never good to concede that many so it was a good occasion for the fans but the scoreboard wasn't great."

New on-loan signing Izaac Farrell came on to make his debut for Town off the bench and Pryce was impressed with what he saw of the half back.

He said: "I've been looking for a little bit more out of my half backs over the last couple of weeks and I want to try and get a bigger impact out of them.

"I want them to lead us around the field and Izaac's in shape, he works every day, has been with a good coach and in a good system and once he's on board I think he will be really good for us."

Now Workington have to take stock and get ready for the visit of Haven to Derwent Park on Friday and Pryce said this game would not set them back.

"I don't think it will be a setback as it was always going to be difficult," said Pryce. "I just think there were some things in there that need picked up quickly before we play Whitehaven.

"We knew it would be tough but I'm not a person for excuses. We are a part time team, we work, we play and we train twice a week and we were against a full time Super League team.

"It's tough but that's life there are no excuses and that doesn't mean we turn up and not perform."