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Bradford Bulls 10 Leeds Rhinos 23

28th March 1999

By Leeds Rhinos

Leeds Rhinos progressed through to their first Challenge Cup Final in four years, in front of a record 23,400 crowd at Huddersfield’s McAlpine Stadium.

 Leeds's semi-final record against the Bulls had been poor to say the least in recent years, and when Matthew Elliott's men stormed into a 10-0 lead inside ten minutes, this poor record against the Odsal outfit did not look like improving

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David Boyle and former Rhino James Lowes both scored for the Bulls; a Henry Paul conversion making up the ten point Bradford advantage. In between the two Bulls' tries, Leeds forward Anthony Farrell as well as Bradford's Steve McNamara were both sin-binned for an off-the-ball incident, a clash which summed up the passionate and fiery undercurrent of the game.

The Rhinos slowly clawed their way back, with a Iestyn Harris penalty making it 10-2 in the 24th minute. Four minutes before the interval, the Rhinos recorded their first try of the afternoon when Ryan Sheridan – a close contender for man-of-the-match – dispossessed Danny Peacock to create a clear run to the tryline and bring Leeds into contention.

Harris converted, to make it 10-8 to the Bulls. By the interval, Leeds had pulled level; Harris scoring his third goal of the afternoon. Half-Time: 10-10

 

The second half continued at an explosive pace, with Leeds continually rotating their forwards to try and gain an advantage. This finally came on the hour mark, when an wonderful feint by Marcus St. Hilaire saw the former Hunslet man twist past two tackles and score under the posts. Harris converted to make it 16-10 to the Rhinos.

With ten minutes remaining, Leeds's Sheridan dealt the Bulls a huge psyhological blow that Elliott's men would have had to score twice – an extremely hard feat in the circumstances. Indeed, it proved too difficult, and Harris was able to brush past two challenges in injury time to seal victory.

His resultant successful kick made it a final score of Bradford 10, Leeds 23, with the Rhinos back at Wembley, on May 1st, against the London Broncos.

LEEDS: Harris, Rivett, Blackmore, Godden, Cummins, Powell, Sheridan, Fleary, Newton, McDermott, Morley, Farrell, Glanville. Subs: St. Hilaire, Jackson, Mathiou, Golden.

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