The Rhinos battled against sweltering conditions to record a comfortable 36-14 win over Huddersfield at the Galpharm Stadium
Four of the Rhinos were backing up from playing in the XXXX Test on Tuesdsay although Danny McGuire was not selected after picking up a dead leg in midweek. Jon Sharp gave a debut to Kevin Brown at stand off for the home side after his move across from Wigan this week. The game was played in blistering temperatures and it was important that the Rhinos got off to a good staff with so many players backing up. Leeds opened the scoring after just five minutes when a cross field kick from Sinfield caused mayhem in the Giants ranks. It looked as if Chev Walker and Scott Donald had missed their chance having initially jumped for the ball, but Donald was fastest to react and picked up the ball on the second bounce before going low to force his way over for his 13th try of the season. Sinfield's conversion attempt struck the post to leave it 4-0 to the visitors. Both teams were guilty of handling errors after that point which stopped the game from gaining any momentum. The kick continued to be the Rhinos best weapon whilst Huddersfield were keen to promote the ball with quick offloads but their handling let them down at crucial times. Michael De Vere scored the Giants first points with a penalty on 35 minutes against Jamie Peacock for interference at the tackle. Then three minutes later the former Brisbane Broncos was on hand to complete a flowing move to give the Giants the lead just before half time. Moments earlier Ali Lauitiiti had charged down a kick but was just unable to regather the ball for the try under pressure from fellow Kiwi Robbie Paul. Huddersfield went down the other end to score, De Vere added the conversion to make it 8-4 at half time. The Rhinos struck within two minutes of the re-start, Carl Ablett made a great break from half way to create the opening before passing to Chev Walker 15 metres out who strolled in at the corner for the try. Sinfield's touchline conversion attempt drifted wide leaving the scores tied at 8-8. Mark O'Neill was placed on report by referee Ashley Klein after 45 minutes after a collision in back play between him and Paul Reilly. Leeds scored their second try of the half after 53 minutes when Ali Lauitiiti produced a great offload 35 metres out to release Rob Burrow, from there it was a foot race between Burrow and Reilly and the Rhinos scrum half sprinted in to score in the corner. Sinfield added the conversion from the touchline to make it 14-8. The Rhinos then blew the game apart with two tries in as many minutes. On 57 minutes the visitors were penned twenty metres from their line but threw the ball wide. Millard found Lauitiiti who popped a reverse pass to Senior who crashed through midfield and sprinted clear. He then slipped a pass to Danny Williams to finish off a great team try. Then straight from the kick off, Lee Smith spotted the sprinting Williams on his outside and perfectly timed a pass to release the flying winger ten metres from his own line. Williams cut infield before passing to Jamie Jones-Buchanan who raced in for the try from 45 metres out to celebrate his 100th appearance for the club. Sinfield converted both to make it 26-8. Huddersfield hit back after 63 minutes when Kevin Brown scored on his debut, crashing over from close range. De Vere added the conversion to make it 26-14 with 15 minutes to play. Williams scored his second try of the afternoon after 70 minutes but it owed everything to Willie Poching. Poching threw an audacious dummy that opened up the home defence, he burst threw the gap and tried to get round Reilly to score. However, he was just caught short but had the presence of mind to turn in the tackle and offload to the supporting Williams. Sinfield's conversion attempt drifted wide to the right to leave the score 30-14 to Leeds. The Rhinos wrapped up victory with two minutes to go when Jamie Peacock carried three would be tacklers over the line with him to score. Sinfield added the conversion to make the final score 36-14 to Leeds as they passed a big test in tough conditions. Huddersfield: Reilly, Aspinwall, Wild, De Vere, Donland, Brown, Thorman, Mason, Paul, Gannon, Nero, Raleigh, Jones. Subs: Crabtree, Drew, Snitch, McDonald Leeds: Smith, Donald, Walker, Senior, Williams, Sinfield, Burrow, Bailey, Millard, Jones-Buchanan, Peacock, Poching, Ellis. Subs: Lauitiiti, Ablett, O'Neill, Scruton Ref: Ashley Klein Attendance: 7,416
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.