In the top of the table vs bottom clash the Rhinos eventually took the victory despite a scare from Leigh Centurions.
In the top of the table vs bottom clash the Rhinos eventually took the victory despite a scare from Leigh Centurions. Just seven days earlier the Rhinos had ran out 60-4 winners at Leigh and the visitors again looked to have little answer to Leeds' power and pace in the first half but produced an outstanding second 40 minutes to give the Champions the fright of their lives. The signs looked ominous for Darren Abram's men from the off as they failed to deal with the kick off and Danny McGuire, on his return after missing the last five games, latched onto the loose ball. The Rhinos could not make the most of the chance though with the ball eventually going into touch. Remarkably, after such a shaky start, that then heralded a period of intense Leigh pressure as they achieved four back to back sets of six in the Leeds half but they could not come away with the points and the Champions made them pay. After nine minutes Richard Mathers created the extra man out wide to touch down in the corner and Sinfield's conversion made it 6-0. Straight from the kick off Willie Poching broke the line and then fed McGuire who out paced former Rhino Robbie Mears to touch down under the posts, Sinfield's goal doubling the lead. Like the previous week, Leigh were next to score when Mark Leafa touched down following what looked like a dubious penalty against Calderwood for a swinging arm given by the touch judge, Jones' conversion made it 12-6 after 15 minutes. However, the Rhinos soon hit back when Gareth Ellis broke from the base of the scrum and found Poching. Leeds then moved the ball to the Main Stand side and a looping pass from McGuire found McKenna who cut in from the wing to score, Sinfield added the extras to make it 18-6. After 26 minutes Ellis for the try his work deserved when he brilliantly jinked his way to the line, Sinfield's conversion made the half time score 24-6. Any fear that the Centurions were in for a similar drubbing as they had received seven days earlier were quickly removed as Super League's newest side came roaring out of the traps at the start of the second half scoring two tries in four minutes through Phil Jones and Dom Feaunati, Jones double with the boot bringing the visitors to back within a converted score. The nightmare continued for Leeds when full back John Wilshere broke through the Leeds cover to touch down next to the posts and Jones' conversion levelled the game. Wilshere had earlier made a try saving tap tackle on Chev Walker. Suddenly Leeds were woken from their slumber and when Poching intercepted a loose pass by Leigh, he raced clear to find McGuire for his second try on the night and double his tally for the season. Sinfield extended the lead to six points on the hour mark. Mark Calderwood then joined Rob Burrow at the top of the try scorers table in Super League, as the used his quick foot work to skip away from the defence from 5 metres out and Sinfield gave the Rhinos a 36-24 lead. The flying wingman then moved clear at the top with his second try which owed much to the initial blistering break by Marcus Bai, who passed onto his wing colleague on the half way so he could race clear and seal a 42-24 win for the Rhinos.
Papua New Guinea Head Coach Adrian Lam was at Headingley Carnegie on Monday night to watch the Rhinos clash with St Helens as he checked out the venue where the Kumuls will take on World Champions New Zealand on Friday 8th November. Make sure you are there to see this exciting clash by visiting www.rlwc2013.com to book your ticket
We received a lovely email this morning from the dad of a family who attended the St Helens game on Monday night that we would like to share with you because it shows the unique atmosphere you help create here on match nights at Headingley Carnegie.