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Bradford Bulls 0 Leeds Rhinos 30

26th May 2006

By Leeds Rhinos

The Rhinos ran out 30-0 winners at Odsal after a brilliantly clinical display at Odsal.

The Rhinos were out for revenge after last minute defeat at Headingley Carnegie in the earlier meeting this season. Tony Smith elected to start Jamie Peacock in the second row on his first return to Odsal with Jamie Jones-Buchanan in the front row. Both teams had tries ruled out by the video ref in the opening ten minutes. After six minutes Shontayne Hape lost the ball after a great cover tackle by Scott Donald. Four minutes later the Rhinos were harshly penalised when it looked as if Lee Smith had scored the first try of the game. Danny McGuire made the initial break before slipping a great pass to Smith to touch down. However, referee Steve Ganson spotted Brad Meyers lying down in back play and went to the video referee. The replay showed the faintest of touches by Kevin Sinfield on Meyers, which sent the giant prop tumbling and the try was ruled out.

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Leeds were then grateful for a fantastic cover tackle by Rob Burrow to stop a certain intercept try from Ben Harris. Both teams were slugging it out in midfield with poor kicking from both sides preventing either from building a sustained period of pressure. Bizarrely the video ref was called upon again after 30 minutes but there was no try to adjudge on. Vainikolo had knocked on putting Smith under pressure before Scott Donald knocked the ball dead. No Bradford player had got close to touching it and the touch judge signalled the knock on but Ganson went upstairs and the ball was eventually handed back to the visitors. The deadlock was finally broken after 35 minutes when Rob Burrow took a pass off Keith Senior before bursting passed Johnson and then outsprinting Pryce to score in the corner. Sinfield added a brilliant touchline conversion to make it 6-0 at half time.

The Rhinos doubled their lead five minutes into the second half after good work by McGuire and Sinfield set up Willie Poching. McGuire darted for the line before being caught by his collar, however he span in the tackle and offloaded to Sinfield. He put a grubber kick through which bounced off Johnson, Poching picked up the loose ball and dragged Marcus St Hilaire over the line with him to score next to the posts. Sinfield added the conversion to make it 12-0 after 45 minutes. Leeds had to withstand an incredible period of pressure ten minutes into the half when Bradford had three back to back sets in the Leeds half. It took a great cover tackle by Donald to deny Vainikolo on one wing then Danny Williams took a brilliant catch to stop the score on the other side of the pitch. The game appeared to take a decisive turn just before the hour mark. Iestyn Harris took a long pass from Deacon and appeared to have a clear run to the line from 40 metres out. However, the former Leeds captain inexblicably dropped the ball as he ran and two minutes later the Rhinos were in for their third try. Chev Walker took the ball 15 metres out and drove for the corner powering passed Hape and Vainikolo before stretching one handed to touch down in the corner. Sinfield, kicking into a strong wind from the touchline, added the conversion to make it 18-0 after 60 minutes. The Rhinos sealed victory with nine minutes to go when Ryan Bailey span out of a tackle to force his way over from close range for his second try of the season. Ganson again went to the video ref but there was no denying the score. Sinfield added the conversion to make it 24-0. In the final moments of the game Keith Senior rounded off a fantastic night for the Rhinos as he romped in from 40 metres out to score the fifth try of the night. Kevin Sinfield completed his perfect night with the boot to make the final score 30-0.

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